Syrian man who sells pens with his daughter now owns 4 businesses, employs fellow refugees

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Syrian refugee used to sell pens on the street for a living, but thanks to the internet, he is now running his own businesses.

Back in August, the heartbreaking photo of a Syrian man selling pens on the street while carrying his daughter on his back spread like a wildfire in the internet. He used to do this back-breaking work in the streets of Beirut, Lebanon to support his family, but all it takes is a single photo to change his fate. Today, find out how he transformed from rags to riches.



Thanks to the internet, Abdul Halim al-Attar is now capable of providing for his family without the need of selling pens to the motorists in the streets. When his photo went viral, Gissur Simonarson, a journalist in Norway started a crowdfunding campaign in Twitter called 'buy pens' which aims to lift Halim and his family out of poverty.

Using the social media community as their platform to raise worldwide awareness for Halim, the online campaign was a success and raised a total of $191,000 excluding the $2,324 direct donations from around the world. So far, he has only managed to get 40% of the donations but it was more than enough to build a business of his own.
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Today, Halim gets a steady income from his four businesses including two bakeries, a kebab shop and a newly-opened restaurant. From the donations he received, he was also able to help 16 other fellow refugees by employing them, and hopes to add more soon. Aside from this, he sent $25,000 to his friends and relatives in Syria who are also poverty-stricken.

Not only did my life change, but also the lives of my children and the lives of people in Syria whom I helped.



From their shabby one-bedroom flat, Halim's family has now moved to a comfortable two-bedroom apartment in Southern Beirut. His 9-year old son, who has not attended school for the past three years, is now able to continue his education again. His 4-year old daughter which was with him on the photo is also delighted while playing toys she had never laid her hands on before.

Now that he has finally settled in his life, Halim claimed he felt that they really belong in the community. “They just greet me better now when they see me. They respect me more."

On the other hand, he expressed his gratitude to the generous donors who helped him achieve what he has today. He plans on investing the rest of the money and promises to give back to his fellowmen who are also in need of help.

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