Prosper and Rosata arrived in the United States 9 years ago after living in Tanzania for 10 years. They fled their home country of Burundi in east Africa when a coup d’etat led to violence in 1996. While the war was happening, the family had to move to a safe place. They traveled by foot for three days to reach Nduta, a refugee camp in Tanzania.
This resilient and enterprising couple and their children, ages 3 to 18, have been working here in Portland steadily in a manufacturing facility and a fruit processing plant. They also tend a small community garden plot and sell vegetables at a local farmers market.
They are currently in rental housing. With frequent violence in their neighborhood, Prosper and Rosata are worried about the safety of their children. They have steadily worked to provide for their family and hope to find the stability that only homeownership can provide.