Kenyan Entrepreneur applauds immigrants in Worcester MA

A Kenyan entrepreneur in Worcester MA, was on Monday featured by a local business journal, applauding the effects of immigrants in and around Middlesex County in Massachusetts.

James Njoroge, a Kenyan native and co-founder of Century Homecare in Worcester, said the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit among the immigrants in the area is exemplary.

Speaking to Worcester Business Journal, Njoroge said that immigrants are attracted to places like Worcester because of opportunities around the area. “I see a lot of immigrants attracted to places like Worcester, where there’s a concentration of hospitals and medical offices,” he said, adding that lower cost of living compared to Greater Boston, also helps attract immigrants as well as being around other immigrants of similar background.

Njoroge relocated to Worcester from Kenya in 1997, and co-founded his Homecare in 2012.

Worcester city, according to a 2015 study by Seven Hills Foundation, is home to an estimated 38,000 immigrants from 85 countries, most of whom came after 1990.

“It’s a very close-knit community,” said Njoroge, who said half of his Century Homecare staff is first- or second-generation immigrants.

Immigrants have contributed majorly in population advancement across Massachusetts. It is estimated that close to 41,000 fresh immigrants have moved into the state from outside the US in the past year alone.