My name is Beslan. I’ve lived in Berlin since 2015, where I set up my cheese company to produce specialties from my native Syria. Some Syrians cry when they try my halloumi cheese because it reminds them so powerfully of home.
I come from the North Caucasus. After studying economics in Damascus, I started making cheese using my people’s thousand-year-old recipes. When the Syrian civil war started, we ran out of milk and I saw that I had no future there.
I came to Germany by chance. My start in Berlin was difficult and I probably couldn't have done it alone. I had to live in a refugee home for two years before I found my own apartment in Berlin-Marzahn. But then I got connected with Start-Up Your Future and The Human Safety Net, and I was able to fulfil my dream of owning my own cheese dairy – Freudy UG – in Germany, based in Berlin and Brandenburg.
I am infinitely grateful to my supporters.
My plans for the future include growing my company and hopefully selling my products all over Europe. In Germany I’ve experienced everything that you can experience as a young entrepreneur and newcomer, both good and bad. But I don't get discouraged. I just get up and go back to work!
The Human Safety Net recently invited me to present my company and its products at their booth in Berlin, at the Bürgerfest. That was a great honour.
Seven months ago I also started working as a trainer and consultant for e-marketing, and I currently work with three German companies. I also founded a start-up club in Berlin where entrepreneurs from all different areas can exchange ideas and learn from each other. I am always looking for new opportunities and projects I can develop as an entrepreneur.
When the Syrian Civil War started, Beslan moved to Germany as a refugee. With support of Start-Up Your Future and The Human Safety Net he opened his cheese making company, started working as marketing consultant and founded a start-up club in Berlin.