Fitrah means a person's natural disposition in Arabic.
Our simple vision is that every single child is born pure, innocent, and deserving of a future to thrive regardless of their race, religion, or gender.
Fitrah is a business that empowers young adults aging out of the foster care system, justice-involved, homeless, or out of school by giving them the power to take charge of this business so they can in turn take charge of their life.
We believe that when system-involved youth are given genuine and increasing responsibilities in a business environment, combined with high expectations and a support system, they can and will break down personal barriers to success, create solid action plans, and become contributing members of our community who live, love and own their futures.
Fitrah started in 2018 after our Founder, Nadia Niazi met a 60-year-old homeless woman that faced 19 years on the streets.
Determined to help her, she grew frustrated with the complex system and knew something had to be done to prevent vulnerable youth from heading towards the same path.
She saw a solution. Give them work with a support system.
She created an online eCommerce business for these vulnerable youth to take charge of so they can learn to take charge of their own lives.
As stated in our name, Fitrah, we believe that every child is born
pure, innocent, and deserving of a future to thrive regardless of their race, religion, or gender.
Since its inception in 2017, Fitrah has been solely driven by its volunteers. In their continued commitment, Fitrah has reached many milestones and saved more than half a million dollars without any paid staff.
Our youth participating in our program earn a paid stipend with funds provided through our collaborative partners such as Sacramento Employment Training Agency (SETA), Capitol Academy, or Advance Employment Group (AEG). Their unwavering support has empowered the most vulnerable of our society to become productive and contributing members of the community.
Our volunteers consist of a talented and diverse group of professionals, stay-at-home moms, and young students as young as ten years old. Each volunteer is driven by the same mission to make a positive impact on the lives of youth. Thanks to their courage and commitment, many youth have been able to realize their full potential and break out of the cycle of poverty. We are thankful for each and every volunteer's support and dedication in making a meaningful and lasting difference in our community.
We are no longer accepting the things we cannot change.
We are changing the things we cannot accept.
Nadia Niazi (She/Her)
Alana Matthews (She/Her)
Dr. Haydée Cuza (She/Her)
Mariam El-Menshawi (She/Her)
Terri Carpenter (She/Her)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brandon Brooke (He/Him)
Phyllis Needleman (She/Her)
Aisha Engle (She/Her)
Eugene Stovall (He/Him)
Ingrid Rosten (She/Her)