June 18, 2021


by Emily Gruz - Jalya Writer

My name is Maha from @madebymahayeg. I love exercising my creativity and I love making things so I put them together by making personalized gifts. I make a variety of items for any occasion using vinyl and paper on shadow boxes, wood, marble, and glass (so far!) -Maha


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When did you start your business? Was there something/someone who inspired you?

I only started out about a month ago. I realized I wanted to make more things than I needed or that I could keep! I decided to start posting items to sell and came up with @madebymahayeg. It’s a nice change of pace from pharmacy where I normally work.

Would you say you reached all of your goals since you started or do you have more to achieve?

I feel like it’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many new techniques I want to try and new materials I would love to work with as well as different occasions I could create personalized items for.


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What are the ups and downs when dealing with the Arab community?

I thankfully have only experienced the upside of working with the Arab community. I have had great interactions with every person who has placed orders with me and I am so excited to be doing something within my community to help celebrate important occasions.

What would you change if you had to do it all over again?

So far, I have no regrets! I know it's early in my business but I am really enjoying every step of the way.

What challenges has Covid-19 brought to you and your business and how did you overcome them?

Thankfully I am able to make my items from home and don’t feel like Covid-19 has affected my work. In a way, it is my happy place away from the chaos of Covid.


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