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Country: Vietnam

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To Dang and his wife were well known Coastal Engineers in Vietnam. When they arrived in the U.S. they soon realized they did not know about the U.S. cultural context, let alone how to get a job in this country. He worked as a tour guide to help pay the bills and was not sure if he would ever find a professional job. “When I went to the first Upwardly Global workshop, my hope came back,” he recalled.

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Home For Job Seekers Success Stories Alumni Stories From Helping Africans in Africa to Helping Africans in the United States

From Helping Africans in Africa to Helping Africans in the United States


Struggling to meet the needs of her family members, Alizata came to Upwardly Global committed to make a better living for herself and her family and to find work that utilized her professional skills. Her focus and determination paid off. She is working as an advocate for the rights of immigrants.


Alizata

Case Manager

Cote d’Ivoire

Master of Business Administration and Management
Bachelor of Business Administration and Management



Alizata holds the prestigious honor as Upwardly Global's 300th placement! Originally from Cote d'Ivoire, Africa, she arrived in the U.S. with extensive hands-on sales and marketing experience.  In her home country, Alizata served as a Financial Counselor, doing important work helping to mobilize a group of community leaders to  promote microfinance as a potential solution to help alleviate her country’s significant poverty.  According to the World Bank, in 2008 49% of people in Cote d’Ivoire lived on less than 1.25 US dollars.  Alizata also worked with local small businesses, offering training in accounting, budgeting, management, and finance, working to help foster financial literacy in her community. Despite her significant experience and accomplishments, after migrating to the U.S., the only work Alizata could find was as a home health aid.  Struggling to meet the needs of her nephews and nieces as well as the additional ten family members that she supports, Alizata came to Upwardly Global committed to make a better living for herself and her family and to find work that utilized her professional skills.  Her focus and determination paid off.  She accepted a position as family case manager for the African Services Committee, working as an advocate for the rights of immigrants.  Fluent in Bambara, French, and English, Alizata now uses her skills and experience to serve the large African community in New York City, in the same way she once served the community in her home country.

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