Being an immigrant, what did you struggle with the most?
It was very challenging to be parted from my two children, who were still living in Brazil at the time. But I turned that into my motivation. I had some days when I couldn’t stop crying, but that only pushed me to find the courage and a way for my kids to legally come to the United States. I was able to reunite my whole family four years ago. All of us together, it’s a dream come true.
What advice would you give a fellow immigrant?
I like sharing my personal story of struggle and professional improvement with fellow immigrants. I love motivating women who need a change in their lives – whatever the reason. My advice is that if you’re willing to work hard for your dreams and believe in God, then you can achieve everything.
’The struggle of being far away from my children was the greatest motivation for me to reunite all of us.
And speaking of your family in Brazil…
Why do you think it’s important to send money back home to your loved ones?
The fact that I’m able to send money back to my country is crucial to me. I have my family there, including my mother and my sister, whom I support whenever it’s needed. I also find it important to send money back to Brazil for work-related purposes, as I work with excellent cosmetic companies in Brazil and South America.
How much can you save on fees?
Thanks to our low fees, WorldRemit saves you up to $100 per year compared to our traditional offline competitors when sending funds from the United States.
We asked Cassia how much could her family afford in Brazil with $100. "$100 is equivalent to R$407, which is close to half of the minimum monthly wage in Brazil," she shared with us.
These days, more than 3 million Brazilians are living abroad. Just like Cassia, most people choose the United States as their new home. Besides the USA, the other popular choices are Japan, Paraguay, United Kingdom and Portugal. According to World Bank data, more than US $2.7 billion was sent to Brazil in 2017.
We at WorldRemit play a key part in ensuring that transferring funds back home is as simple, fast and low cost as possible.