Overcoming Setbacks In Life & Career: Yaz’s Inspirational Student Story

As a Somali refugee, Yasmin (Yaz) faced many obstacles in pursuit of her photography education.

Yasmin Abdi’s story as a photographer begins at the moment when most people would find themselves giving up. As a non-citizen Somali refugee living in Saudi Arabia with her family, Yaz wasn’t afforded the same opportunities some take for granted. Unable to continue her education after high school, her time was considered more useful at home helping her five younger sisters.

After finding a few talented photographers online, Yaz began following their work, identifying her own love of photography and a passion for capturing emotional memories in a creative way. Yaz said it was this time in her life when she discovered the opportunities and valuable tools available on the internet and something just clicked.

By connecting to a community of creators, she found inspiration, support, and developed the skills to start her own photography business – check out the rest of her story below. 


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