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Barbara Lemieux, 2016

The Merrimack Offers Financial Literacy Programs to Support New Americans

Steve Palmer, NHTrust, Rachel Perri and Brittany Saucier, The Merrimack & Clement Kigugu, Overcomers Refugee Services

Merrimack County Savings Bank (The Merrimack) is honored to support new Americans looking for a fresh start in New Hampshire. Working together with Overcomers Refugee Services, The Merrimack not only provides financial assistance to the non-profit, but also offers financial literacy courses about the basics of banking.

“It was our pleasure presenting Financial Literacy and Basics in Banking to such an incredible group of engaged and attentive participants! We look forward to hosting a follow-up class,” said Brittany Saucier, Branch & Business Development Manager at The Merrimack.

“It’s rewarding to be able to support our community by sharing our industry knowledge,” said Rachel Perri, AVP Branch & Business Development Manager at The Merrimack. “We’re honored to have played a small role in helping overcomers adapt to a new culture.”

Established in 2013, Overcomers was inspired by Executive Director, Clement Kigugu, who came to the US from Rwanda in 2006 seeking asylum. From personal experience, he knows the trauma that many refugees carry and the ongoing support needed to acclimate to their new home and community.

“Refugees face a lot of challenges and are expected to settle into their new life in just six months,” said Kigugu. “Overcomers is here to provide them with the tools and knowledge they need to feel confident and become independent. Of course, we cannot accomplish that without support from our volunteers and community.”

Overcomers Refugee Services is a non-profit that empowers refugees and new Americans to become successful, contributing members of New Hampshire society. As a recipient of a $3,500 grant through the Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation and other charitable donations, Overcomers is able to provide social services to men, women and children through trained volunteers. To learn more about the non-profit or to get involved, visit

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