Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project
I don’t think my story is any more special than millions of other Palestinians; but it has influenced me to focus on mobile phone job technology as my life’s ambition. I was born in Kuwait in 1982, but after Gulf War my family was expelled like most Palestinians. We came back to our homeland and faced major financial problems because my dad couldn’t find a job. We were outsiders and had no connections. He was out of work for many years. After high school I wanted to go to university, but my family could not afford it. By a miracle, I was chosen for a scholarship. However, in my last year the scholarship ended and I couldn’t pay the fees. I was ready to give up my dream of working in the IT sector. Finally, a tough decision was made: my mother sold her dowry (gold from her wedding), so that I could finish my degree. I felt extremely sad because of her sacrifice; yet also happy because I now had a future and could someday repay her generosity.
I finished my degree and wanted to repay her right away, but it was impossible to find a job. The pressure on me was huge: I knew my family’s savings were gone, but I had no idea how to find work. I struggled with small jobs for a long time: cleaner, waiter, but all of these were short and paid poorly. Finally, by pure luck I found a job at Paltel Telecom Group. But I am one of the lucky few. There are millions of Palestinians with brains and energy, but no way of finding the jobs that exist in our economy. I co-founded Souktel to ensure that no one else would have to repeat my family’s situation.