“Whether you’re a refugee or a citizen, all of us have a dream.”

What does it mean to run your own business?

For someone rebuilding their life after a crisis, it can be a lifeline, providing independence, income and a chance to contribute to their community. But when it comes to making business dreams a reality, the first step is often the hardest to take.

The IRC and Citi Foundation are working together to empower young entrepreneurs with the resources they need to get their businesses off the ground. Together, we’ve helped fulfil over 6000 business dreams around the world. Here are just a few of those stories.

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.