Women do Business
Meet Zgharta’s sibling entrepreneurs: Marina and Hind Nehme
Two sisters who won an ILO competition for their gluten free business speak about their journey with the ILO
In a small shop in Zgharta, in the north of Lebanon, surrounded by greenery and beautiful olive trees, Hind Nehme, a 29-year-old entrepreneur with celiac disease, is working tirelessly to produce gluten free Christmas delicacies, in order to help people with gluten sensitivity enjoy the festive season guilt-free.
Hind Nehme is the co-owner of a small business called HESTIA which she established in October 2021 with her sister Marina, specialized in nutrition. The sisters won a seed fund two months ago in the Women do Business Experience competition under the ILO’s Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP) project, funded by the Government of Canada in partnership with the LEE Experience.
The ILO team visited the Hestia kitchen in Zgharta to check up on the progress of the business and sampled some of the gluten free and organic goods that were being produced including chocolate, peanut and pecan butter, dried fruits and other delicacies.
As a celiac disease sufferer, Hind understands the struggles many people with gluten sensitivity face in finding good quality gluten free products in the market at a reasonable price. Hind is applying her cooking skills and Marina her nutritional ones, in order to offer gluten intolerant patients healthy and tasty snacks at a relatively low cost.