Refugee Microenterprise Development Blog

“You have to DO something.”

Asam Mujili—Owner, Ishtar Market & Restaurant

American Dream with help of ORR IDA and Habitat for Humanity

 Niyongabo Felix is a refugee from Burundi. He arrived in the United States of America in January of 2008 along with his wife Jacqueline Mukeshimana and his 3 beautiful children. Niyongabo was forced to flee from his country to Tanzania because of political turmoil and persecution. He and his family lived in Tanzania for 12 years until they moved to the United States.

"When you do work, you feel yourself exist in this life."

Haider Al Sammarraie prides himself on being, first and foremost, a working man. "When you do work," he states, "you feel yourself exist in this life."

NCRC Grant to Help Older Population

Washington, DC -- The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), with support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, is pleased to announce its second round of funding for National Neighbors Silver, an initiative to support and empower older adults nationwide.

New business a dream fulfilled for Iraqi immigrant

Hassan Faraj, an Iraqi immigrant seeking U.S. citizenship, talks with Sarah Guerette, a business counselor at Coastal Enterprises Inc., about details of Tigris Market, the new business he is building. The new shelves will hold groceries and other goods in the market he is opening Thursday, with help from Guerette and Coastal Enterprises. (Staff photo by Sean Murphy)


Honda Foundation

Mission Statement

Help meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits, while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits.

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The Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Foundation supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its free educational website,, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

  • Eligibility: Non-profit organizations.

2011 ORR Refugee Micro enterprise Conference

Refugee Micro enterprise Conference, which was held on August 4, 2011, in Washington DC, was a well attended event with close to 50 registered, representing 18 programs. The Conference was opened by Ken Tota (below), Deputy Director, who knows the refugee microenterprise (RMED) very well, and is familiar with the challenges and opportunities refugees face in building their businesses.

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