Huda Janahi's meteoric rise from a stay-at-home mother to a successful award-winning businesswoman is a remarkable example of true grit and determination.
Fifteen years ago, Huda Janahi started her journey from homemaker to a successful businesswoman with Global Cargo and Traveller Services that was started with a capital of 1,000 Bahraini Dinars. She ran the business single-handedly from an office in a small rented space in Muharraq, Bahrain’s third largest city.
For the first year, all progress was blocked because her application for a commercial registration was rejected by the Ministry of Commerce. She was told that women could not receive a commercial registration to operate in the cargo industry. Undaunted, Janahi refused to accept no for an answer and she joined the UNIDO AICEI Enterprise Development & Investment Promotion program in Bahrain.
In 2001, after graduating from the UNIDO entrepreneurship development programme, she applied again for registration and, with UNIDO’s support, her application was finally accepted. Within a few years, Janahi built up her company into a huge successful enterprise and, in 2008, she signed a merger worth US$3m with the Kuwaiti cargo company, Global Logistic Company, which serves the whole Middle East region.
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
GCC Young EntrepreneurMrs. Janahi receiving GCC Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2008
Investor of the Year AwardHuda named Investor of the Year Award, 2005
Mohammed bin Rashid AwardHuda bestowed with Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Young Business Leader, 2005
H.H Shaikha SabikaWith H.H Shaikha Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, wife of HM the King & Chairwoman of the Supreme Council for Women, 2007
Huda Janahi with Bahrain PMHuda Janahi with Bahrain PM Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa
Huda alongside Ministry of LabourHuda alongside Ministry of Labour for highest level of Bahranization
Huda Janahi being honouredHuda Janahi being honoured by H.H PM Shaikh Salman bin Hamed Al Khalifa for her outstanding success..
Huda Janahi named by George BushHuda Janahi named by George Bush as “an inspiring example for the whole region” accrediting her extravagant achievement..
Most Powerful Arab BusinesswomanHuda Janahi ranked 46th and 47th most powerful Arab businesswoman in 2006 and 2007 respectively.