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.
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