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Meet Wafaa Arbash of WorkAround in CIC

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wafaa Arbash.

WorkAround is an impact sourcing provider helping companies get more done for less while creating jobs for talented refugees. The social enterprise was started by Wafaa Arbash who wanted to find a more sustainable solution to the refugee crises than perpetual aid. Wafaa wanted to help people from her country Syria, where more than half of the population have been displaced because of the conflict. Many of these refugees are professionals with college degrees who are prevented from working in their host countries because they may lack work permits, are not fluent in the local language and may lack work permits, documentation, bank accounts, or the connections necessary to find a job, or the transportation needed to get to one. Wafaa, who wrote her thesis on the barriers to employment for refugees and displaced people, began to see an opportunity in the highly educated and internet connected Syrian Refugee Company. She realized that with little or no training, these refugees could engage in “micro-work” a growing need of companies working in AI to collect, organize, and prepare data for machine learning algorithms. She met with her co-founder Jennie Kelly who have been working together to make WorkAround reality.

Has it been a smooth road?
Entrepreneurship is never been a smooth journey for anybody. Like any startup, we have our upsides down moments. One of the biggest challenges we face as an early stage startup is how to keep providing a sustainable income for our workers. Refugees want to work and earn income to support themselves and their families. Therefore, we are constantly working with companies to identify ongoing projects that we can help them with tagging, research and data cleansing and data entry.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with WorkAround – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Our mission is to restore dignity to refugees through economic empowerment by connecting them to fair-wage work through our online platform. We allow businesses to enhance their performance through outsourcing knowledge tasks while contributing to a more socially just and productive world. We deliver human intelligence tasks such as image tagging, data entry, and research.

We are very proud of standing with refugees and displaced people not only because it’s the right thing to do but also for recognizing their potential, at the same time we are educating companies about the displacement crisis and how business could be part of social change while they are growing their business.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
We are so grateful of being part of the Boston’s ecosystem and the support we are getting from the community.


  • WorkAround charge $10 per hour for one time project and we have a subscription model as an option for ongoing projects.

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Bethany Romano

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  1. Krist Thakkar

    July 27, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Excellent, Keep up the good work.

    Krist Thakkar

  2. Erik Modahl

    July 29, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Such a great work you and Jenny are doing!!
    Love feeling your energy in making our world a better place!!

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