Rana -Chemaitelly, co-founder of The Little Engineer. (Photo courtesy of Rana Chemaitelly)
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This is the second in a series of weekly articles interviewing pioneering Lebanese women from various sectors.BEIRUT: Unlike many Lebanese who are queuing up outside foreign embassies to escape the country's daily economic and security problems, Rana Chemaitelly insists she is staying in her homeland. A mechanical engineer by training, Chemaitelly started her first company – a digital imaging business – in 1997 .But not wanting to stay home entirely, Chemaitelly returned to the American University of Beirut for a master's degree in management. Chemaitelly's venture started out as a one-woman show, and as so often in stories of female entrepreneurship, many people told her that it would be hard to handle such a project all alone while keeping a balance between work and her family.Chemaitelly's persistence paid off, garnering her seven awards in just five years.Chemaitelly has so far managed to expand her business to Libya and Qatar, and she is currently negotiating with potential franchisees in Britain, the Gulf, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia.Chemaitelly believes that Lebanon has seen a boom in female entrepreneurship since 2010 .
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