Up and Coming: Hera Hussain of Chayn

The chief executive set up the charity, which uses technology to support women suffering from domestic violence and discrimination

Hera Hussain
Hera Hussain

Q. What inspired you to start Chayn?

I helped someone very close to me, who was experiencing domestic abuse, to build up a case for asylum in the UK. The support out there was just not good enough, so I wanted to build a platform and toolkits to help support such women.

Q. What was the response from other charities like?

At first I tried to collaborate with well-established charities, but got a really bad response - mostly they said things like "who are you? What experience have you got?" I didn't have any. I just really wanted to do this. I got really angry with them, so I thought "to hell with it, I'll go directly to the women. Who cares about the middleman?"

Q. You're still working full time in the technology sector - how does that affect the way you run the charity?

In technology you get a simple, effective solution out there, get feedback, then sell it. I've taken those kinds of things, which you usually see in profit-making start-ups, and applied them to how we develop Chayn's services.

Q. Do you have any pets?

I have two kittens, Sher Khan and Dory. I'm a social media addict, so they have their own Instagram account.

Picture credit: Catherine Bridgman

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