An interview with Sri Lankan mumpreneur Yusra Aziz-Eliyas
Her fresh, modern thinking is refreshing and truly inspirational!
She’s mum to two little boys (and expecting her third), owns and runs the company PODI JOBS and has a fierce passion and determination to empower Sri Lankan women.
This trailblazing entrepreneur (but we proudly give her the title of mumpreneur!) is none other than Yusra Aziz-Eliyas.
Being a mum herself, Yusra truly understands just how tough it can be to re-enter the workforce after having kids, and finding a job that allows the flexibility to juggle both work and parenthood without compromising either.
Freelancing and working from home are two options that permit this flexibility, as are job positions that give the option of flexi-hours.
But many Sri Lankan employers still fail to offer this kind of flexibility and without truly understanding what incredible multitaskers mothers are, insist on sticking to offering archaic nine to five desk-potato positions.
Yusra is one woman who spotted this gap, and is here to hopefully start changing this mentality, and offer women, mothers, access to income through work that they can excel at even with their busy lifestyles. She understands that mothers are true multitaskers and that there is nothing they can’t manage once they set their minds to it.
We picked this supermum’s brain recently to find out how she does it all (and more). And because we believe that Yusra is a true inspiration to all Sri Lankans, especially women and mothers, what better day to inspire you with her story than today, International Women’s Day!
Tell us about yourself and what you do
Being a WAHM, I would argue we have it harder though! Sometimes you have to tell clients, “I’m picking up my child, I won’t be able to sit through a meeting” or “You’ll hear my child in the background” (when on a call). But letting them know beforehand allows them to be more understanding and responsive to the situation.
There’s also a stigma around female entrepreneurs, especially in the tech world where old-fashioned thinking (which still prevails to a great extent) dictates that girls aren’t supposed to be very technical.
We have had more response from international clients wanting to hire Sri Lankans, but local businesses are still hesitant and we are working on this by giving them a guarantee and holding deposits for them and for PODI taskers till work is complete. So in a nutshell, we give both employers and freelancers a safe, secure platform to work over.
As for freelancers even working remotely, women deliver on time, are reliable and their attention to detail is great as most of our clients ratings state and yes women are as smart as men and deserve equal pay!
theAsianparent Sri Lanka thanks Yusra for this interview. If you are an employer reading this, we truly hope you have been inspired to hire more freelancers, more women and more mothers!