I have been helping Thrive for six months, once a week and mainly assisting applicants to prepare their business plans and cash flow statements. It’s a great experience to help refugees during this phase of their journey in Australia. I love to see them step up and start their own business. They are not just achieving success for their future but contributing to the community and providing employment for other individuals. Based on my experience, I would highly recommend this program to other volunteers. It’s a privilege to integrate skills and knowledge that we have to help others, and it’s a lot of fun.
I came from Afghanistan. When I first arrived Australia, I couldn’t afford to buy a car. Thrive helped me reach my business goals by lending me $20k to buy a car and work as an Uber driver. It didn’t take long for my loan to be approved. I am satisfied with the service provided by Thrive and grateful that my life and work are on the positive side. I would definitely recommend Thrive to other refugees when they experience a financial difficulty to start their own business.
Jamie Mahmoud, Iranian refugee since 2013. Jamie fled his country of origin, with his wife and son. In Iran, he ran a successful printing business but soon found Australia used new technology in the printing industry with which he quickly familiarised himself. With help from Thrive, Jamie was able to open Oxin Signs and attributes being able to provide for his family to the success of his business. Thrive has assisted him with creating a business plan and provided him a loan in addition to business advice that has allowed his company to flourish. Jamie has worked tirelessly to provide for his young family. He now has two sons, both of whom are thrilled to be in Australia. Today, Jamie’s business prints banners, vehicle signs, professional signage, 3D signs, wallpapers, and more. Need something printed? Speak to Jamie at:http://oxinsigns.com.au/ Jamie’s business is located in Merrylands, NSW and called Oxin Signs.