Thirty-five year-old social entrepreneur Zahra Karmali poses inside her shipping container turned community project store with a cup of TAK tea on 17th Avenue S.E. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She’s plying her [global] trade on the diverse community’s main drag.
Her launch, along with others, is all part of Emerge Market, an incubator for local entrepreneurs who are launching businesses, everything from handmade goods to ethnic foods.
What was the impetus that led Marmali to start her business?
It was thanks to a 2004 trip to Tanzania that she rediscovered her spark when she met a street child named Aziz Mathew. “He asked me for five cents,” she says. “He said with five cents he could buy his roti and chai, he could buy peanuts, he could pay for security to watch him when he slept on the street.”
Inspiring people. Amazing stories. Changing lives.
Photo courtesy: Calgary Herald
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