Suha was born and raised in Lebanon. Hospitality and entertainment with food is a tradition and a staple of Arabic and Lebanese culture. Her parents and grandparents have always been enthusiastic about food and her father especially had specialty foods he cooked. Suha carried her passion for food with her to the U.S and has been trying to master and improve her desire for cooking ever since.
Her business is called Beirut Cusine and she started it 3 years ago. With her food, she hopes to share her Lebanese culture with the people of the United States. Since her husband has been out of work for the past year, she decided to make a business out of her passion of cooking and took a lot of courses to improve her skills. Suha works full time to support her family, and now trying to grow the business. She will be retiring in a year or two so she needs a plan B for her herself and husband to keep working.
Describe your relationship with EWI, What challenges have you faced?
Suha is currently taking the GMB class and is happy to learn other aspects of business aside the main cooking such as finances, marketing and communication. “I am really excited about everything EWI is doing for us to focus and develop our goals. Working with social media is my challenge but I am learning from my other course mates.”
How has EWI impacted your life and business?
“I was a bit shy and never felt comfortable talking with people. EWI helped me to free myself of this and to be focused; to stand in-front of others and to share my ideas. They helped crystallize my ideas in my head and to understand exactly what I want. All the professionals who came to talk to us helped a lot.”
In 3 years what does your business look like? Where do you want to be in 3 years?
Hopefully, we will have the chance to promote the business, take care of the finances and have an outlet or a restaurant for people to come and learn, and be entertained by Lebanese culture.
What advice would you give to women who are thinking about starting their own business?
I will advise them to believe in themselves, like what they are doing and know exactly what they want to do. And there would be help around to get them where they need to go.
What kinds of people would you recommend EWI to?
Immigrants and low income women; any woman who is trying to find her way but without the ability and knowledge to do this.
What would you like to tell a donor or supporter about the importance of EWI’s work?
I will like to thank them for the support they are giving us and helping women prove to themselves that they can get what they want.
Is there anything else that you would like to add or share about your business or experience with EWI?
Empowered Women International did a great job at redirecting my path or making it very clear on what steps i should take in growing my business. I am very thankful for them.