For 23-year-old Claudy Ngoy (pronounced “cloudy nah-goy”), life was tough from the start.
Born in the Congo, and growing up during “war time”, as he describes it, nothing was granted. His family of farmers did their best to provide for—and protect—Claudy and his siblings from the conflict that raged all around them.
Still, he faced unimaginable horrors: the death of his Papa, and his brothers, and ultimately being forced to flee his home village and take refuge in neighboring Zambia.
“It was difficult to find shelters,” he remembers. “Life was so very hard.”
Claudy, his mom and sisters ended up in a refugee camp, where they could live in safety, but crowded conditions and poor sanitation caused diseases to run rampant. Education was equally poor, an unfortunate consequence for Claudy who was just entering the pivotal high school years.
Through these challenges, young Claudy understood that even this life was better than that back home.
“There is no peace in my country. Guns shooting. Government is no good. People destroy. [There is] racial discrimination and conflict. The rebels are very bad,” he explains, “They take small kids—12, 15, 16—and train them to fight [for their military].”
Unable to return to Congo, the family applied for resettlement with the help of UNCHR.
After years of having no place to call home, they were approved for entrance into the United States and resettled in Raleigh, North Carolina.
It was 2017, and by now Claudy was an adult—and, as the only male, the head of the household.
He needed a job. But not just any job—a good job with a livable wage that would enable him to provide for his mom and two school-age sisters.
“There is nothing for free. If you don’t sweat, you don’t eat,” Claudy shares about his perspective on work.
After a life of hardship, he did not expect opportunity to fall in his lap—so he went looking for it. Fortunately, Claudy’s pastor knew about a local staffing company helping refugees like himself find work.
He is grateful for the opportunity, which has provided him the means to pay rent, bills, travel repayment, and, most importantly for his mama’s much-needed medication.
“I’m trying to save for a car also,” he shares, hopefully. “But it is very hard.”
To Claudy, the job has meant much more to him than just a paycheck. He’s learned valuable skills that will enable him to grow within the company and help him achieve his dreams of buying a car, returning to school—and marrying the love of his life, his girlfriend Rose.
This respectable young man is among the many grateful and ambitious refugees ready to add value to companies and communities across the world—and across the U.S. At Amplio, we believe hiring refugees is a win-win: your business gains loyal and dependable employees, while restoring dignity and hope to the displaced.
We would love to introduce you to the workforce making a name for themselves in dynamic cities like Atlanta, Raleigh-Durham, Dallas, and Houston. Give us a call today, or visit our website to learn more about our services, and the benefits of hiring the refugee workforce.