Meet Our Associates

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Current Associates

Faiso

Israa

Jennifer

Tsinusew

Shomjida

Razia

Satara

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Meet Faiso

Faiso moved to the United States in 2016 as a refugee with no access to education because of the war in her home country. She is tenacious and the sole provider for herself and her son. She loves sewing, working, and helping care for people.

“I like sewing here at Vickery Trading Company. I like when I come here I feel so happy because I have a lot of friends. When I am here, I have the happiest face.” 

Meet Israa

Israa moved to the United States in 2016 from Iraq. She loves being in America because she can provide safety and a good future for her family. She moved here with her husband, three daughters, and a son. Israa loves to garden and one day dreams to have a large garden.

“I love everything about working at Vickery Trading Company. I have made friends and learned English, everything is good here. I think I have a family here now at Vickery Trading Company.” 

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 Razia

Razia moved to the United States in 2019 with her husband and three daughters. She worked at a restaurant before coming to Vickery Trading Company and loves to learn how to sew and design dresses and improve her English.

“I have learned everything here: sewing, cutting, speaking, writing, and reading. I am safe at Vickery Trading Company. I have found friends here that are now my family because I did not have family here before. They are like my mom and my sisters because I can share everything about my life.” 

Meet Satara

Satara came to the United States 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 United States 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.”
   

Meet Tsinusew

Tsinusew moved to the United States in 2016 from Ethiopia with her two children. She loves going to church and learning English.

“I like sewing here at Vickery Trading Company. Everyone here is my friend. I feel happy when I am here and I like learning English.”  

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