I am an immigrant. It’s something I’m proud of. I left Somaliland to study abroad during the war that destroyed my hometown, Hargeisa. It was the first step in building a future for myself and my family – and a business that supports hundreds of millions of migrants around the world. My story is far from unique and certainly not a new one.
Like many other immigrants, I am also an entrepreneur. I believe that it’s no coincidence that states like New York, where almost 1 in 4 people are migrants are also hubs of creativity and innovation. Migration and the convergence of people from different cultures and perspectives fuels creativity and innovation benefitting not only the countries that migrants move to, but also the wider world.
There has been much discussion of the contribution immigrants make to the United States, yet the impact of their hard work stretches far beyond the borders of the US. Just as Immigrant Heritage Month was beginning in the US, we secured our last remaining state license meaning customers can now send from every single state. So it seems right to mark this by celebrating the contribution that immigrants make to both the United States and the communities they have left behind. By shining a spotlight on the tales of just a handful of New Yorkers who are using their skills to help others, we hope that their words will speak for the millions of others across the States who are making a difference in the US and abroad.