Rafat Harb, along with his family, first came to Halifax in 2016, after spending three hard years in the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Contrary to many people’s beliefs, Rafat began to take a job shoveling snow two weeks after landing in Halifax, a material he had not seen before moving to Canada. During that snowy winter, Rafat sometimes worked 16 hours a day.
Rafat also volunteered at food banks and elsewhere to enter the community and learn English besides Canadian culture. He has experienced a variety of professions, including the sale of homemade products and the Syrian Meat Shop. After graduating with extensive business experience, he graduated from the NSCC in December 2020 with a degree in Business Administration.
Rafat’s vision for the future was broader. So on February 11, 2021, he launched the Syriana Market in Halifax. Success in the new market is quickly achieved, as the multicultural city of Halifax enjoys shopping for a variety of international goods in one store.