Q: Where were you born?
I was born in Tehran, the capital city of Iran.
Q: What brought you to Canada?
I was married to an Iranian man who had lived in Canada for 10 years, but our marriage wasn’t good and didn’t last long. I decided to move to Canada because of greater freedom for women and opportunity to continue my education. I studied fashion design in Iran for 4 years in high school and 2 years in college. To make ends meet when I first arrived in Canada, I bought a second-hand sewing machine for $25 and made about $5000 with it by doing sewing alterations.
Q: Tell us about your family?
I have two boys who are teenagers now. The oldest is having difficulties and was recently diagnosed with epilepsy and struggles growing up as an immigrant without a dad.
Q: What are some challenges you face?
Difficulties for me have been physical and emotional, from hard work lifting while working in a cafeteria and as a care-aide, stress and anxiety.
Q: What do you like about sewing with Abel?
I really like sewing, because now sewing is a hobby. Sewing has been a good help to me for meeting nice people, fellowship and earning a little extra money. I enjoy the work.
Q: What’s been your favorite part?
My favorite part has been learning new methods of sewing and also the fabric patterns are so interesting!
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
From the experience with Abel I want to sell my own hand-crafted items to help with my family finances. I hope be a successful woman, standing on my own feet. I’ve gained confidence since separation from my husband and I feel I can do it! I’m also looking forward to my 2 sons getting a university education and becoming successful in life, healthy and with good family relationships.