After his arrival in Belgium, Obada Otabashi experienced himself the difficulties of finding a workplace. Finally, with the help of friends and other volunteers (including a coach) he decided to set up a catering service preparing Syrian food for a variety of events. renovated thanks also to the successful running of a crowd-funding campaign providing the necessary investment.

We exist! could significantly increase their activities in recent years. Since 2016 the initiative has been serving Syrian food in more than 200 public and private events. It was able to have its first full-time employee in the end of 2018 and will open its own restaurant in 2020 (it managed to mobilise a part of the investment necessary for renovation through a crowd-funding campaign). In 2019, We exist! won the Money Gram Awards (for Migrant Entrepreneurs) 2019.

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