Immigrant Edge: 9 Wildly Successful Entrepreneurs

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Mariama Levy
Founder, CEO, Verdi Consulting, a $2.4 million accounting, financial management and IT enterprise solutions firm that works with government agencies.
Country of origin: Haiti

I loved accounting but I never thought I would start my own business. That’s the great thing about America: If you work hard, you can be very successful. Even though my family in Sierra Leone was poor, I never had preconceived notions of life in the United States. There was no barrier I couldn’t cross.

Written by: Matthew Wong & Kathleen Kim