Fatima Dhanani: An Albertan immigration success story

Fatima Dhanani with her son Aleem, her daughter Saifa and a picture of her late husband, Haider, Photograph Phillip Cen, albertaventure.com

Meet Fatima Dhanani, president & CEO of Bri-Mor Developments and native of Tanzania

In 1972, Fatima Dhanani, her husband Haider and two-year-old daughter Saifa moved from Tanzania to Vancouver when Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau opened Canada’s borders to Ismaili immigrants who were being persecuted in East Africa. “It was a big move for us, coming to a foreign country, not knowing what we are going to be faced with, with a small child, uprooting ourselves,” she says. “And really, we came with very little, very little.” The family of three had no more than $2,000 when they arrived. Four years later, in 1976, the promise of business opportunity lured the couple to Calgary, where Haider worked as an accountant while Fatima worked as a secretary.

In 1989, Haider Dhanani founded a property management company, Bri-Mor Developments, but tragedy would intervene before he could grow the business

More: Meet Fatima Dhanani, president & CEO of Bri-Mor Developments and native of Tanzania | Canada’s top source for Alberta’s business news – Alberta Venture.

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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