The struggles of entrepreneurs from Congo Brazzaville in the pandemic

Mileina Beatrice is President of the Congolese Brazzaville Community of Maine, which serves an estimated 300-500 refugees, asylum seekers, and other new arrivals who were born in Congo Brazzaville and now live in Maine. In March, soon after the COVID-19 pandemic first arrived in the Pine Tree State, Beatrice started reaching out for help to the New Mainers Working Group (NMWG) – a collaborative formed by leaders of immigrant communities in direct response to the crisis on behalf of community members who were reporting to her that they weren’t getting answers to their questions about benefits and health care when they approached the state.

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