Abandoned by their father at an early age and raised by their grandmother, Sayed Fadhel and his brother worked at the Central Market gutting fish and as porters (coolies) in the weekend to eke out a living.
After dropping out from school at the first year of high school to continue to earn a wage, Sayed Fadhel took on many jobs over the years, proudly working as a driver and furniture installer. He recognised an opportunity to break-out on his own with little money, he took that chance with one of his friends. A year later, the friend left leaving him with just one employee to take care of the business.
To expand the business, Sayed Fadhel applied to and received money from the Labour Fund to purchase his first 6-wheeled truck which he uses for deliveries. He further then applied for a development loan later from the BDB, this he used to purchase more furniture making machines.
He now runs a small but successful furniture manufacturing business with 8 employees, turning over approximately BD100,000 annually.