Stephen John came from Pakistan to Australia in 2008 after fleeing from religious persecution due his Christian faith. In Pakistan, Stephen trained as a successful lawyer for years prior to arriving to Australia. In Australia, Stephen pursued further study at Sydney University for his post-graduate and University of Technology Sydney for his Juris Doctor. He received his unrestricted license to practice law in August of 2017 and opened his practice in September of 2017 with the help of Thrive. Stephen John is now the Principal Solicitor of Stephen John Lawyers. Stephen attributes the assistance from Thrive to making his dream of practicing law in Australia come true. Thrive assisted him with business support that was smooth and simple helping him generate leads and streamline his income. He is very grateful for the help Thrive has given him to achieve this incredible goal.
When I arrived Australia as a refugee I had nothing with me. It’s not easy to start a new life and business here due to my financial difficulty. I tried to apply for a loan from some banks, however, all of them rejected my application. Then my friends introduced me to Thrive where I experienced great service and met friendly people. My loan application only took 4 weeks to be approved. Now I’m an Uber driver with a great income, absolutely feeling positive with my future. I would strongly recommend Thrive to other refugees who have similar conditions as me.
David Ghaterchi came from Iran in 2012 as a refugee leaving behind persecution from the Iranian regime. His fiancé joined him soon after. The adjustment to life in Australia was somewhat difficult for a variety of reasons including language and cultural differences. In Iran, David worked as an accountant but found his qualifications were not recognised in Australia. With this in mind and a strong desire to work, he learnt English and began to investigate small business opportunities. David’s wife saw a story about Thrive in the media and encouraged him to reach out. Assistance was provided by Thrive in the form of a business plan, cash flow statement and finance to help him grow his Jim’s Mowing franchise. David prides himself on working hard and providing excellent customer service which has resulted in his business flourishing. Jim’s Mowing offers him a flexible job which fits into his lifestyle and allows him quality time with his family. David credits Thrive with changing his life by helping him achieve his goals of becoming a successful business owner.