At 17 Leila didn’t know exactly what she wanted, but she knew it wasn’t an arranged marriage in her native Kenya. Now a New York based restaurateur, Leila talks about who helped her get grounded in America and how certain encounters remind her how grateful she is to be here. Watch her Welcoming Story.

ABOUT WELCOMING STORIES
Active Voice and First Person American have teamed up to create Welcoming Stories, a series of short videos that capture these small acts of kindness, big-hearted moments and simple but life-changing connections. Send us yours! Please visit our Welcoming Stories Tumblr (welcomingstories.tumblr.com/) to learn how to submit a “welcoming” story of your own.

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