Total loan: $5,500


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Portland, ME, United States / Retail

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Arash's story

My name is Arash. I am originally from Iran and came to the U.S in 1999 as a refugee. I grew up in a small town in Iran, which was surrounded by beautiful mountains. I used to love climbing the mountains and having races down them with my friends and then drinking cold freshwater from the spring running at the bottom of the mountain. When I was 19, I had to leave everything behind, including my family, and seek shelter in another country as a refugee. With extreme difficulties, walking through the nights, crossing mountains and rivers, and facing many dangers, I managed to make it to Turkey and register as a refugee with a United Nations branch in Turkey. After spending one year there, the United Nations helped me to resettle in Maine. I am a friendly and outgoing person who enjoys meeting new people every day and loves helping them in different ways. This is my true passion.