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Rinoza Riaze

Thanks to The Womens Organisation, I now have something of my own for my future, and that is really nice.

After many years as a full-time Mum, Rinoza Riaze finally has the time to do something for herself, fulfilling her ambition of running her own company - ‘Bees Dialect’ interpreting services. The Women’s Organisation helped her get her ideas off the ground.

Before running her own business, Rinoza was a full time mother. “All my time was taken up with my four children,” she explains, “I had plenty of ideas, but I didn’t have time to do anything about them while I was waiting for them to all start school.” Now that they are all settled, Rinoza has wasted no time in setting up her own business.

Rinoza runs Bees Dialect, a translation and interpretation service for the Sri Lankan languages of Tamil & Sinhala, working from her base in Old Swan, and via her new company website at www.beesdialect.com.

The success of the business is a tribute to Rinoza’s application and dedication. Before starting the company, she spent time as a volunteer interpreter for South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service, while also studying short courses in the community to build her language and communication skills.

As with many of the women who approach The Women’s Organisation, Rinoza had a great idea, but knew almost nothing about the day to day operations of a business – but we were happy to help.  “I had a sound business idea, but I did not know how to start,” says Rinoza. “I did not know how to get clients or how to prepare an invoice if I did. The Women’s Organisation gave me proper advice and details. If I had any questions I contacted them for help and they gave me information and advice. They were really helpful.”

Rinoza is a great example of how a driven woman with a good idea can become truly empowered and successful with the right support and guidance. “I am really enjoying my business,” says Rinoza. ”It is running smoothly and it has given me peace of mind. Now I have something of my own for my future, and that is really nice.”

More than twice as many men than women are self employed: 14% of men, 6% of women.
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
Women in full-time work currently earn an average of 15% less per hour than men
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
"I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself, that is the best combination"
source: Dame Judi Dench
In 2010, 104 million women in 59 countries started and managed new business ventures
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
30,000 women every year lose their jobs as a result of becoming pregnant.
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any"
source: Alice Walker

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