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April 07, 2014

Donor Dedicates Wealth and Time to Immigrants From Her Homeland

Deborah Anderson

Bita Daryabari has helped more than 400 Iranian immigrants escape poverty and is helping women in the Middle East gain independence.

At 16, Bita Daryabari was sent by her parents—a dentist and a homemaker in Tehran—to live with relatives in St. Joseph, Mo. The year was 1985, and she was part of a wave of immigrants who fled Iran in the years following the Islamic…

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