Our SEO and Founder Nahla Awad shares the story about inspiration behind Health 4 You CIC:
“My journey to founding Health 4 You is a long one, marked my struggles and overcoming many obstacles. I am ethnically Sudanese but have lived most of my adult life in Saudi Arabia. I graduated from Khartoum University in 1996 with a degree in dentistry – I was a practicing dentist in Saudi Arabia and Sudan for six years before my arrival to Edinburgh. I first came to Scotland in 2002 on a spouse visa.
Due to my family responsibilities, I decided to change my career and obtained my MSc in Business Management from Edinburgh Napier University. After graduation, I worked in casual jobs to earn a living. Finding a job in my field in Edinburgh was initially quite challenging, so I moved back home to work as an HR manager in a private university in Khartoum.
In 2012 I came back to Edinburgh and worked at the store M&S as well as various customer service jobs for two years while I was studying part time for a degree in Law. It was during this time that encountered a group of women in Edinburgh’s central mosque. They came to Edinburgh as migrants or asylum seekers and were facing difficulties to get career advice, access to employment, women-only health and wellbeing services. It was then that I realized that I had been in the same situation as them many times before. Therefore, I decided to create an enterprise to help fulfil those needs. As a BME migrant, although I had utilised many services provided by non-profit organizations and various government resources in Edinburgh (and these helped me to live more independently and gain my freedom), there is a need for services tailored not only to BME women’s basic needs but to their long-term success and ability to thrive in Edinburgh. So, in addition to providing a system of support to achieve their health and wellbeing goals and to gain financial independence and supportive social networks – I founded this enterprise to be a constant source of safety, education, and collaborative growth for all BME women in Edinburgh.”