"I am always thinking in two ways, because I am the main support for my mother and siblings in Burma, and also I have family here in the U.S."
Growing up on a small farm in Burma, Sui faced discrimination because of her family’s economic status. With a high school diploma and dreams of being a teacher, she made the difficult decision to leave her family and home in search of opportunity.
With only the food she could carry, Sui walked for days without rest with other women and men. Arriving at a camp in Malaysia, she was offered resettlement through a UN program and in 2013 relocated to the United States to start a new life alongside her aunt.
Today Sui is happily married, earning a living wage, and growing her skills as a candle-maker. Her greatest joy is singing at church and speaking with family members still in Burma. She hopes to become an American citizen one day, and to return home to see her mother and siblings.