Amina Missi left everything behind when bombs started raining down on her country. The 44-year-old fled Syria as war broke out in 2016. After arriving in Birmingham in 2019, not speaking a word of English, Amina worked hard to get her head down and find a job - and is in the process of following her dream of opening up her very own Syrian restaurant in the city.
With the help of ACH, a social enterprise, Amina has been supported to attain relevant qualifications, register her business with the local authorities and access appropriate training. Amina said it would be a ‘dream come true’ to be able to bring the tastes of her homeland here to Birmingham.
Nevinder Ram, Operations Manager for Himilo – ACH’s training subsidiary, said: “Our Migrant Business Support Project, from January 2021 to December 2023, has already made a significant impact, assisting 850 third-country nationals in Birmingham and Bristol on their journey to enterprise success.”