In May of 2009 Paula Minnis began volunteering with the International Rescue Committee as a mentor to a Burmese refugee woman, Catherin, and her two young children. She felt a call to make a difference with the refugee community in Dallas, and the IRC provided just the right opportunity for her to do some good work and build lasting relationships. Paula had no idea that this volunteer role would evolve into GAIA, a social business that would have the potential to reach even more refugee women and their families.

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