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Employee Spotlight: Tekie Kismu

Bosma Enterprises - 6/5/2019 9:07:32 AM

Meet one of our fastest glove packers, Tekie Kismu.

Tekie Kismu is one of the fastest packers working in our exam room, averaging 150 to 200 cases
per day. However, packaging exam gloves is one of the many jobs he assists with at Bosma.
Tekie is a very diverse employee and is always willing to take on new challenges.
Tekie is originally from Africa but has lived in the United States for the past 14 years. While in
Africa, Tekie was diagnosed with diabetes, causing him to have problems with his eyesight. The
difficulties he endured with his vision also affected his ability to make money. While living in
Africa, Tekie operated his own business and was used to being independent, and being able to
take care of his wife Mihret, who was about to give birth to their first child Delina.
Once his vision worsened, Tekie was forced to stop working, leaving him unsure on how he was
going to support his family. "I went from rich to poor," said Tekie.
As Tekie's vision worsened, he looked for ways to save his sight. He reached out to a cousin who
lived in Dallas. After speaking with his cousin, they quickly sent for him and helped him find a
doctor. It was hard for Tekie to leave his wife and newborn daughter in Africa, but he was
desperate to save his sight. Tekie had surgery, but the doctor was unable to save his vision.
Tekie left Dallas shortly after his surgery and moved to Indiana to live with another cousin. Once
in Indiana, his life changed when he was introduced to Bosma Enterprises through his doctor.
Once at Bosma, he was able to obtain the training needed to live with a visual impairment.
Bosma's staff also connected Tekie with an interpreter who helped him learn English. After
completing the rehab program, Tekie was offered a position at Bosma Enterprises.
Once Tekie secured a full-time job, he alerted his wife, who was then living with family
members back in Africa. After receiving the news about her husband's new role, she was very
excited and knew it only be a short time before he sent for them. Tekie quickly began filing the
necessary documents needed for his family to enter the country. After completing the forms,
Tekie's family was granted Asylum. Not having his family present for three years took a toll on
Tekie, but once they arrived in the USA, it was one of the happiest days of his life.
Tekie has indeed overcome a lot in so little time. During the past 14 years, Tekie has found a
full-time job, bought a house, and has even owned a restaurant.
"I feel wonderful," he said.
Tekie's future is looking bright; he has come out of his shell and credits Bosma for giving him a
second chance at life. If you or someone you know is dealing with vision loss, please contact
Bosma Enterprises at www.bosma.org.