Thousands fleeing violence and oppression abroad have settled in Georgia in recent decades, many in the city of Clarkston, 10 miles east of Atlanta. A summer camp there has been helping refugee children transition to life in the U.S.
Many entrepreneurs hope to strike it rich. But a group of them in a small community outside of Atlanta are working on a smaller scale. They are refugees starting businesses to serve Clarkston's global village. To get their ideas off the ground, many refugees are taking an entrepreneurship course called 'CDF: A Collective Action Initiative', sponsored jointly by the Goizueta Business School and a Clarkston community group. The course uses micro-lending, a concept pioneered not in America, but rather in countries in the developing world – where the refugees come from.