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Community Stories

The talent, passion, drive and challenges they overcame — every immigrant has a unique story to tell. Learn how they came to choose the Cincinnati region as their home.
Originally from Bhutan, Tara Dahal survived ethnic cleansing and resettled in a Nepali refugee camp. As Chairman of the Nepali Language and Arts Center and a Board member at Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio, Tara's dedication empowers those in need. Through advocacy and service, he uplifts his community, reflecting the spirit of compassion in his adopted home.
Haneen Farhan arrived in Cincinnati a decade ago as a refugee from Iraq with just $400, the gold she was wearing, and dream to make women feel good about themselves.
Some international Procter & Gamble employees approach their Cincinnati-based assignments with mixed feelings, unsure how they'll adapt to the cultural differences of living in a mid-sized American city. But Mexico native Leslie Guzman was eager to relocate to the company's Cincinnati headquarters in 2007 after stints in Brazil and Venezuela.
As a high-school student in Guatemala, Rolando Archila knew he wanted to attend college in the US. His search focused on top business programs, but he had another important criterion too.
Christopher Che knew no one when he arrived in the Cincinnati area in 1980, and he was one of fewer than 10 immigrants here at the time from his native Cameron, in West Africa.
Alex came to study engineering at the University of Cincinnati in 1994 after growing up in Kharkhiv, one of Cincinnati's sister cities.