Buying into the American Dream
The International Rescue Committee works with refugees and other immigrants with low incomes who want to put down roots here by buying a home. We speak with Nahlah Melaih, (center), who coordinates Individual Development Accounts at the IRC. She explains what immigrants learn about financial terminology, building a credit score, setting up a budget to amass a downpayment and qualifying for matching funds. Then we meet two refugees who have done all that work -- Hamida Ebadi (left) from Afghanistan and Adote Akwei (right), an asylee and community organizer from Togo, on Africa’s west coast.