Our founder, Nieda, ran three food businesses in Iraq and has a degree in business management, but in New Haven, she struggled to find a job.
With such a busy job, Nieda never got the opportunity to attend the English classes and education she needed to get a better job.
Refugees resettled to the US are expected to find a job and get off cash assistance in 90 days.
For most, and women with limited education especially, that is not enough time to learn English and get the education needed to get a good job. As a result, most refugee and immigrant women accept a survival job - dead end jobs or work opportunities that leave no time for education, personal improvement or civic engagement.
4 out of 5 refugees who accept a survival job are still in them five years later.