Meriem came to MicroGrants through the Wilder Foundation. An asylum-seeker from Tunisia, she came to Minnesota several years ago. She currently attends a local community college and will be receiving her associates degree in May. Meriem came to MicroGrants through the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and used her grant to pay for professional training to become a medical interpreter, a job where she can earn $25/hour. She now works part-time as an interpreter and is able to save money to go toward fulfilling her dream of receiving a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and working for the United Nations. She hopes to be able to impact the world and help others that have gone through similar hardships as herself.
“Receiving a micro grant has helped me increase my income, make a difference in people’s lives, and has given me hope that things will always keep getting better,” says Meriem.