We're excited to launch our blog, "Olive It," where we'll talk about all of it when it comes to starting a business in the Middle East. We'll be discussing topics including what it's like as a woman starting a business in the region, the ups and downs of working with your friends, the importance of social responsibility, and many more relevant topics.
Today, we simply want to introduce ourselves.
The Story of Anna & Angela
After both spending a significant amount of time living outside of Lebanon, we both wanted to come back to Lebanon in order to give back to the country we love so dearly. We believe in empowering other entrepreneurs and small business by coming alongside them and giving them the space and tools they need to succeed.
We became friends in 4th grade and have since dreamed of ways to improve our community. We were always thinking of ways to make the world a better place. We painted cards and made magnets to sell to fellow classmates in order to put together goodie bags for children in Iraq during the 2003 war. The ideas never stopped flowing.
When we parted ways in 2004, we always talked about meeting up again one day to start a business together. And here we are - 18 years later, working on impacting the world around us through our work at The Olive Grove.
Check out the recent article about our story in Impact Magazine.
*We also want to acknowledge all those who have significantly helped get The Olive Grove up and running. We could not have done any of this without the support from our families, friends and donors. And down the road, we'll be sharing some of their stories.