Jeniffer Conrad

From: Managua, Nicaragua   Current City: San Francisco, CA
"I told my mom I was leaving only fifteen days before I left my home country. I told her than everything I’m doing is for her and my brothers. We’ve never had a house, and I wanted to make that happen."
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Jeniffer Conrad grew up in a poor household in Nicaragua. Although she was hesitant about leaving her home behind, she decided to immigrate in order to provide a better life for her family to help buy a house for her mother.

Ms. Conrad was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua. When she was four years old, her parents separated, and she moved into her aunt’s house with her mother and siblings. Eleven people were packed into this earthen-floored house. Despite being the youngest sibling, Jeniffer was the first person in her family to graduate from college. She was working as an accountant when a friend urged her to visit the U.S. and explore the opportunities it could provide.

In 2011, Ms. Conrad moved to California and attempted to adjust to her new home. She struggled to find her own apartment and pay for rent. To alleviate her troubles, Jeniffer enrolled in ESL classes. Although she had little confidence in her English skills, she tested into the fourth level. She had arranged an accounting internship at a Mexican restaurant when she was eventually promoted to manager.

Currently, Ms. Conrad is a volunteer at Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)—a community development organization. She lives in San Francisco, California with her husband.

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