What I do: I am a hairdresser in people’s homes. I style and color women’s hair. I like the cosmetics world and registered to be a makeup artist.
Why I began: Eight years ago, I separated from my husband. I’m the provider for my two children.
Challenges I faced: I was a top student, but my family doesn’t encourage women to get degrees. My brother said, “Why go study?” and my parents said, “You’ll just end up in the kitchen” -- but I registered [for school] despite that.
People used to tell me, “Just stay home and someone can provide. Someone will give you money.” But at the end of the day, I felt that this money was given to my brother just because he's a boy and I wasn't receiving anything. I had to provide for myself.
Before I married, my husband made me promises that I could go to college and pursue my degree, but they were false promises and I didn't.
He didn’t allow it. He was jealous of other men there.
And all of my friends now have degrees.
Now that I am separated, I need to provide for my children. Whenever you apply for a job, based on my experience, the salary for women is less than the one provided for men, whereas the work done by women is much more.
How the training will help me: I like to learn and to be up to date. Because the program is online, it will help me a lot to do it while the kids are playing games.
The degree that we're offered through the program is from LAU [Lebanese American University], which is a top-ranked university. I think it's a dream come true.
How I feel about running my own business: These experiences have taught me to stand up for myself.
I have high hopes. I do whatever I can so my children can be educated. I hope my children will be doctors. I like to be strong in front of my children, so they can be strong.