The final member of our first startup incubator is Ghareba Hussein, founder of Nûjîn, a premier locally-made fashion brand for children in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).
Can you give a brief introduction about yourself?
I am Ghareba , a young entrepreneur. I have a combination of 8 years of education in Turkey and Kurdistan. I graduated from Duhok Polytechnic University with a specialization in building and construction in 2014. I have worked in many different fields.
What is your business idea?
What I am interested in is creating a brand of locally-produced children's clothing, and I am doing my best to make my dream come true. As nothing is easy at the beginning, I faced many challenges, but there is nothing that we can not overcome if we really go for what we want with a deep passion.
Why did you join the Five One Labs startup incubator?
I joined the Five One Labs incubator because it was a big opportunity for me to make my dream come true, so I couldn't miss such a great chance.
What progress have you made since you started the incubator two months ago?
When I joined Five One Labs I did not have a clear vision for my business. I felt that it was just my dream rather than a business idea, but now I have a clear vision about what I have to do in order to achieve my goal. Now, I am doing my business and feel so happy about it.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to start their own business or project?
My advice to everyone who wants to start their own business is to do something that is a real dream for them. If it's not something they have always dreamed about, they will give up when they face a small challenge, and business life is full of challenges, full of up and downs.
And another piece of advice: learn from your mistakes. When something goes wrong you may feel bad about it, but do not stop and think about your mistake. Think about how you can correct it, even when you think you are about to lose your mind.
NEVER, EVER give up! Impossible is just a word. You have to be really passionate about what you want!
A selection of designs from Nûjîn's first collection.