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Jennifer

Satara

Shomjida

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Meet Jennifer

Jennifer came to the United States in 2012 from Burma and recently obtained her American citizenship. She lives with her husband and son. While she has been a seamstress for many years, she joined VTC to improve her skills so that she can produce higher quality products. This is her first job.

“At Vickery Trading, I am learning sewing and more English. I can talk to more people at work and in the community. I can read to my son now. With the money I earn, I can pay tuition for my son to go to a good school. I like the freedom in America. I couldn’t drive in Burma and I can drive here. In my country, no one looks at women, here everyone is together and women are considered good.”
  

Meet Satara

Satara came to the US as a refugee in 2015.

“For me, VTC is a Big Like!! I’m only happy when I can go to work At VTC, they respect my religious freedom. I can wear my burka and hijab. This job is close to my home so I am close to my family when they need me. My boss is very good. Every day, my house blesses her.”
  

Meet Shomjida

Shomjida has been in the US since 2017. She has three school-aged children and her husband is currently still overseas. With no formal education, she is the sole provider for her family and has an unshakable work ethic. This is Shomjida’s first job.

“I like it at Vickery Trading Company. It’s helped me learn English. If you know English, you’re happy; if you don’t know it, you’re sad. I need the money to pay rent and I think this job is wonderful. It is a nice community of women. I am a single mom with three kids in school. Another job wouldn’t let me take care of my kids, but here, I can take my kids to school then come to work and still be home with them after school. I love sewing and someday, I want to be a seamstress.”
   

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