“Deep inside, I feel an entrepreneur”.
Raheem is twenty-five, married and father of two children. Despite his young age, he’s come a long way and he’s now the founder of Les MajordHome, a delivery service company based in Marseille, France.
Raheem was born in Marseille, where he lived with his mother and nine brothers and sisters. Because of his large family, he always had a lot of responsibilities towards his siblings and had to grow up fast. He was a smart student and, aged seventeen, left Marseille and his family to move to Paris to study at university: he got his bachelor’s degree in 2012 and a diploma in banking and insurance 2014. After graduating, Raheem had a successful career in the insurance sector working for large companies, where he had the opportunity to gain a lot of experience. In 2015 he finally decided to go back to Marseille and start his own business.
“Despite my young age, I had already been an entrepreneur”
says Raheem. He continues:
“I felt I had a viable project, ambitious and engaging from a human point of view. I still have a lot to learn, and I plan to focus the next years in this, but I feel I have enough tools to start my enterprise."
In Marseille, Raheem reached out to Positive Planet, one of Youth Business International’s member in France, for support. With their help, Raheem was able to work with Marina to develop a strong business plan and set up his own business.
Raheem’s Les MajordHome offers delivery services to both businesses and individuals and covers the whole of Marseille: whether it’s delivering lunch to work or flowers, the service is active 24/7. Beyond the economic results, the project has a strong social commitment. Raheem is keen to ensure his company reaches the most deprived areas with its services and it provides employment opportunities to people, especially youth, coming from disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Raheem is keen to work with local agencies to select prospective employees based on their motivation and commitment to integrate into the community.
Positive Planet France provides support and technical assistance to people with a business creation idea, especially young people living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in urban areas. It is part of the Youth Business Europe programme, a regional initiative supported by the Citi Foundation to help young entrepreneurs to start or grow a business.