Aisha and Chris. When integration becomes a job
“My father spoke 12 languages. He was an activist advocating the welcoming and integration of migrants.”
Aisha Coulibaly is pursuing her father’s dream which she turned into a job when she created Mygrants with Chris Richmond N’zi, who at the time was a data analyst for Frontex.
Mygrants is a platform offering services to migrants and refugees with the aim of being the link between them and job placements. Many come to this platform with different cultures, different languages but with one thing in common: the desire and the will to dialogue and to find a “role” in society and in the country that has welcomed them. But this is not all.
Mygrants is a service for the host country too; it enables the discovery of new resources, new cultures, and new knowledge that would otherwise be ignored.
“I remember a young man, a friend of mine, who had achieved a medical degree in Africa, and here he was picking tomatoes”, says Aisha.
Over 100,000 users, multiple microlearning and training programmes, matching them with companies offering jobs. Mygrants means sharing, legal aid, support for ideas and entrepreneurship.
To all intents and purposes, Mygrants is an ad personam “business angel”.
Aisha and Chris dream of an integrated society that creates value; there is a long way to go but they have the energy to surpass all limits. A pathway to an all-encompassing recognition of a value from which society already benefits: “Migrants represent 3.5% of the population and generate 10% of the world GDP”.
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