Joining the female entrepreneurship program Women-able has been the best decision of her business life says Maya Alghaith.
“I never realized how much I would learn during the process. The mentors’ guidance makes you want to be the best in your field. They don’t give you the answer. They don’t hold your hand. But they make you dig deep within yourself and find what is important to you, why you are doing it. All the ladies in the group are like-minded and you can rely on them.” says Ms. Alghaith-the co-founder of Health Gate, which designs and produces its own natural sanitary products in the UAE.
A Bulgarian national, Ms. Alghaith has lived in Dubai since 1999 and launched her company at the end of 2013. Currently Health Gate sells 10,000 packs a month. Ms. Alghaith had a 160% turnover increase from 2014-2015 and was looking to expand into new markets when she heard of Women-able at the onset of this year.
The initiative grow.ME was launched in March in association with Cherie Blair Foundation. It provides women with education, mentoring, networking opportunities, guidance and support network.
“We have three categories of women who we are working with, which is what makes our programme quite different. A third of the women we selected had an idea, but they didn’t know how to take that idea forward. We had women who had started within a one to three-year time frame but they got stuck. They started and launched and had a couple of customers but literally stopped. Then we had small businesses that were looking to grow and scale and looking to expand into new markets or bring a new product to market.” says Maria Pearson, the chief executive of grow. ME.” says Maria Pearson, the chief executive of grow.ME.
Health Gate’s Ms. Alghaith wanted to take her business to the next level and that’s what inspired her to join Women-able. Ms. Alghaith was working as a manager for an automobile company when her friend was diagnosed with cervical cancer in her early 30s. This is what prompted Ms. Alghaith to begin her journey in her search for answers.
Early on in her journey she read about negative ions, atoms charged with an extra electron, which are generated naturally by evaporating water, ocean surf and waterfalls, and the positive influence they can have on our health. She decided to combine the two by creating sanitary products with a negative ion strip.
The two entrepreneurs are in the process of learning about finance, marketing, pricing, how to talk to customers, close a deal and pitch to investors – which will come in handy on November 21 when the programme comes to a close.