Syrian refugee eyes tailoring business in Saskatoon
A Syrian refugee who has been in Canada for less than a year is hoping to open up his own tailoring business.
Jihad Mohamed arrived in Saskatoon from Syria this past February with his wife and three children.
Mohamed is a professional tailor and fashion designer back in his home country. After failed efforts to find work as a tailor, he decided to turn an empty room in his west-side home into a workshop.
“There is no business to get hired or to work,” Mohamed said. “It’s kind of encouraging for [me] to start [my] own business.”
The 39 year-old was a factory supervisor in Syria, managing forty employees and responsible for twenty-five sewing machines. Right now, he has only one sewing machine to repair garments for neighbours.
“In the future I hope to find the support and the venue to open my own business,” he said.
His brother-in-law Ismat Mohamad just moved to Saskatoon a few weeks ago from Syria. He said Jihad is talented and a tailoring business would succeed in Saskatoon.
“I believe the future for Jihad will be bright,” Mohamad said. “He’s a professional and he knows what he’s doing.”
Jihad and his wife are currently learning English at the Saskatoon Open Door Society.
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