Over the years, nearly 150 women launched their own businesses with support from the Women’s Resource Centres.
Rashada’s success echoes Gulnara’s journey. A seamstress in Masalli, Rashada specialises in sewing quality linens and wedding trousseaus. Despite her talent, hard work, and determination, she spent years unable to meet the demand for her highly marketable products and to make a living from her craft.
“My husband, my two children and I were all living in one small room,” said Rashada. “There wasn’t enough space for my sewing-machine, let alone for fabrics.”
Without a proper workspace, she was unable to get her business off the ground.
Attending a session the Women’s Resource Centre, Rashada shared her idea to convert an abandoned old shed in the yard of her apartment building into a work space for her business.
“It seemed so simple. I never really thought I could create a business plan. But they took me seriously and I started the training.”