Bosnian immigrant shows how access to capital can change lives

Ajla Zigic admired the sacrifices her parents made in getting their family out of Bosnia when the war came in 1992.

“They could easily have been like, ‘You know, we’re going to stick this out. I’m not going to give up my cushy job and my suits to cleaning toilets in a hotel.’ They sacrificed so much to bring me and my brother to safety,” Zigic said.

Arriving in 1995 in St. Louis as refugees, Zigic’s parents worked a series of jobs, including housekeeping at a downtown hotel. Their first apartment was above a bar in south St. Louis. Read more here