Violette Kalambayi is a refugee who arrived in the United States from the Congo. Violette is one of our most outgoing and expressive clients to date. As a Certified Nursing Assistant, starting her own home-based childcare business was a natural fit. Violette completed many hours of child care business training and passed all county, health and safety inspections perfectly. She now boasts three enrolled children.
Violette’s home is on the outskirts of Boise, making it more difficult to find children to enroll in her child care. However, Violette’s patience and dedication paid off and she now cares for three Sudanese refugee children from nearby neighborhoods. She explains that, “I am glad I was patient and waited for children to come [to my child care]. I know that this is God’s work and what I am supposed to do.”
On a recent home visit, three of Violette’s older children explained to project staff that they are so proud of their mother and what she has accomplished. Violette is now going to license one of her older children allowing them to assist her in the child care.
Not only is Violette’s child care allowing two single mothers to secure full-time work, she is providing stable income for her large household of seven.
ORR's Microenterprise Development – Home-Based Childcare Program provides business opportunities to refugee women in a market where there is a shortage of childcare providers.