When Shahla and her nine-year old daughter Raya emigrated from Iran two and a half years ago, they left behind a network of family, friends, and colleagues to begin a new life filled with promise and success.
But the reality they faced upon arriving in Melbourne was one full of challenges and frustration. Shahla and Raya were taking lengthy public transport journeys daily, meaning that Shahla was unable to find regular work – she didn’t have enough time in the day between dropping off and picking up Raya from school.
“Everything took more planning, more time and was much more expensive,” Shahla explains. “But then a friend who had just bought a car told me about StepUP loans.”