Kinan Al Halabi brings with him one of the most inspiring refugee stories to Australia. He came here from Syria when the war forced him to leave his country with his wife and son. In Syria, Kinan worked as an educator and decided to continue his teaching vocation by taking a course to become a driving instructor. After just one and a half years in Australia, Kinan was able to open up Be Taught Driving School with the help of a Thrive loan. The loan allowed Kinan to purchase his car and start his business. Kinan is also grateful that Thrive has provided him with a mentor that assists him whenever he needs anything to help him run and maintain his business. Kinan has been incredibly successful with his business and in part credits his success to Thrive.
Stephen John came from Pakistan to Australia in 2008 after fleeing from religious persecution due to his Christian faith. In Pakistan, Stephen trained as a successful lawyer for years prior to arriving in Australia. Here, Stephen pursued his postgraduate degree at Sydney University and went to University of Technology Sydney for his Juris Doctor. He received his unrestricted licence to practise law in August 2017 and opened his practice in September 2017 with the help of Thrive. Stephen, who is now the Principal Solicitor of Stephen John Lawyers, attributes the assistance from Thrive to making his dream of practising law in Australia come true. Thrive assisted him with business support that was smooth and simple in helping him generate leads and streamline his income. He is very grateful for the assistance Thrive has given him to achieve this incredible goal, and as a result, creating adding his name to the list of successful refugee stories Thrive has helped.
David Ghaterchi came from Iran in 2012 as a refugee escaping 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 learned 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.