Ammar Abdul Jalil Salman Al Faraj
Business: Gas station establishment project, Qatif, Small Business Program
Great businessmen were not born great, but they reached greatness on their own”. This sounds like Ammar Al Faraj, a young man living in Qatif city, who talks about the first steps he took to achieve personal, professional and monetary success.
Mr. Ammar said: “I have been dreaming for a long time about establishing a gas station to serve as a source of income to provide for my family. Given that money is the pillar of business, my idea was always stopped in its tracks when I reaching the financing point. I asked for support here and there, but in vain. I searched the internet for financers. Some of the them requested the presence of a guarantor who should be a governmental employee, while others accepted to offer financing on the condition of becoming the lion’s share partner. I tried any different key words to search hoping to get different results. Once I entered the word “livelihood” in the search box and “Bab Rizq Jamil” popped up. I hesitated before clicking on the link, but when I started to navigate through the website, the so-called Small Business Program caught my attention. I stared mesmerized at the screen, read the program details and the conditions to obtain support. The conditions seemed to match my case., I immediately contacted the support employee through the direct contracting service available within the website to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Then, I gathered my strength, as well as my papers, and headed to the branch of Bab Rizq Jameel in Khobar city. There I met with the person in charge, explained to him the idea of my project and submitted my feasibility study. A few days later, the competent employee informed me that I got the approval for the support of my project and that I would receive a SR 200,000 loan. I thanked God from all my heart and started implementing the project of my dreams, making sure it would be successful. I dedicated all my time and efforts to run my business, carefully chose a location, the entrances and exits leading to the station and so on. I persevered that all fundamentals were perfectly met, which turned the project into a success on all levels, so that I could even think about expansion via opening new gas stations