The UK is seeing a huge rise in female Muslim entrepreneurs opening new businesses whilst juggling hectic family lives. Say hello to a rising crop of female Muslim mumpreneurs who are shattering stereotypes and inspiring confidence in fellow women to start new businesses.
It is estimated that females currently form 50% of start-ups from the Muslim community – with this figure set to rise further in the future.
“The stereotype of Muslim women stuck in the kitchen and carrying out household chores are long gone,” said Tahir Mirza, founder of the Muslim Lifestyle Expo.
“It is refreshing to see how these mumpreneurs are shattering the myth that Muslim women are held back and oppressed. It’s a booming industry and these mumpreneurs are working hard in their 9-5 jobs and in their spare time are setting up successful businesses in a wide range of sectors.
The Muslim consumer market is now one of the biggest in the world growing at nearly double the rate of the global economy.
According to a report by Thomson Reuters, the Muslim consumer spending on food and lifestyle products and services has been estimated at $1.8 trillion in 2014 and projected to reach $2.6 trillion in 2020.
One Muslim mumpreneur is Nazia Nasreen, from Birmingham who has an online Islamic toy store called Ibraheem Toy House.
Ibraheem Toy House is the UK’s first online Islamic toy store founded by the mother of two in 2014. In just two years, the number of products it offers has grown from four to more than 200 from 30 different suppliers from around the world selling educational toys and books, including dolls in hijabs and colourful prayer mats.
The “Toys ‘R’ Us for the Muslim community”, says Nazia Nasreen, CEO of Ibraheem Toy House.
Nazia now plans to design her own product range in the near future with plans for further expansion.