Owliya was an orphan, raised by her aunt and extended family members. At the age of 12, she witnessed violence in Ethiopia and fled to a refugee camp in Somalia. That’s where she met her husband, got married, and had her daughter Meymuna. At the age of 20, she found herself starting over in America with her husband and child. Since the refugee experience was so personal to her, she volunteered her time to help newcomers start over in Orange County. After establishing Tiyya with Meymuna, she decided to step back and focus her energies on gardening and self- care. Today, she is an active and happy grandmother.
Quote she lives by: “None of you have faith until you love for your neighbor what you love for yourself” – Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
Where she hopes to be in the next few years: Owliya has 4 daughters and is very proud of all them. Seeing Tiyya flourish is very important to her and she is thankful for everyone who has invested their time and efforts. Owliya says she is now waiting for her husband to retire so we they can live closer to their relatives in Seattle, Washington. There is a large East African community there and great business opportunities that she hopes to invest in.