Israr Award winners honored
with a businesswoman.
While searching for jobs, some of the replies that she would get from employers was that “the only job for your qualifications is a cleaning lady.” Despite Al-Zahrani’s belief that it was a decent job, she was frustrated. She then applied for a job at Zamil Factory. Although a high school diploma was one of the requirements, Al-Zahrani didn’t lose hope and called the owner.
The owner agreed to meet Al-Zahrani, and she was hired from a group of 30 applicants. Within two years, productivity rose and Al-Zahrani received promotions and support from the admin- istration and she continued the hard work until she became the leader of the female section, which consisted of 30 employees who all held educational degrees.
Abdulrahman Alhatlan, another contestant for the perseverance awards, also picked up first place in the job seeker category by a majority of votes. Alhatlan was involved in an accident and was confined to a wheelchair. He began feeling that he had become a burden to his family and people around him. His first step was rehabilitation, then getting a job. The first job offer he got was as a maintenance coordinator, then he was hired as a maintenance director.
After a while, he was accepted to work as an administrative director of Mayadin Center for Training and Development. Meanwhile, he took this opportunity to develop himself and he acquired certificates as a certified international instructor from many agencies, including Rapid Learning Center in the US.
Alhatlan applied for a scholarship, completed all the paperwork and traveled to the US. He completed his studies and within two years he received an MSc degree with a GPA of 3.89. He then moved to work in the National AntiCorruption Commission as quality investigator in the development and planning department.
For the entrepreneur category, Samia Al-Fadhli from Tareif was chosen. At the age of 19, Samia Al-Fadhli took on the responsibility for her children and her brothers, and worked at a Saudi bank. She faced a lot of stress in her workplace, but was able to prove herself and was excellent in performing her job, which allowed her to reach a high position in the bank.
These men and women were all awarded prestigious prizes and certificates of acknowledgement from the HRDF for their notable efforts in perseverance to achieve their dreams.