We operate in communities where there is little or no support for young students and entrepreneurs from local government or the private sector. In this way we hope to make a positive difference where it’s needed most.
“Whichever country I am in, I should be doing something significant”
Aya fled her home of Aleppo in 2015, leaving behind her dreams of studying Architecture. With a scholarship to learn in her native Arabic tongue at the University of Gaziantep, she is on track to completing her Bachelor's degree this year.
“Be patient, be persistent and make sure your business is valuable”
Regis Umugiraneza, a 29-year-old Agribusiness graduate, grew up surrounded by fields of sweet potato. He was four years old when the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi population claimed the lives of his father, sister and many other family members.
“I can face anything in this life with self-confidence”
Sitting serenely amongst the chaos of the bustling newsroom, 21-year-old Payam Sarbast is unique. She is the youngest news reporter at Rudaw, one of the fastest growing news channels in the Middle East, while just a year ago she had no job, no work experience and no confidence.
“I invested in myself so that doors would open, eventually.”
“It never crossed my mind that I’d be leaving Syria,” said Noor Jouma’a. At 24, she could not anticipate having to leave her country in the middle of her university studies to start a new life in Jordan, along with more than 600,000 others.
“We are the ones creating the fundamentals for stability and growth”
Mahmoud won the Spark Business Plan competition with his company, J-Palm, and got a chance to be funded. His company uses a waste-free manufacturing process to create a line of affordable, organic palm oil-based skin and hair care products. Then palm kernels are used to make a substitute for wood charcoal.