An African couple with six children arrives in Australia from Sudan with dreams of a new life, and like every Australian family, they dream of owning their own home. But unlike most Australian families they have no idea how to make it happen.
This story highlights the passion Aaron Azad has for what he does, and the motivation that drives him.
“The father is a cleaner at one of the schools in Rooty Hill, the mother does child-minding and they’re making just enough to survive. They seem to have no savings in the bank, so there’s nothing there to use as a deposit for a home, but they desperately want to have their own place.
“I went to see them at the home they were renting and I took one of my associates, who was new to my business and still entrenched in the corporate way of doing things. He says to me, ‘Boss, this isn’t going to happen; this is next to impossible’.
“I said, don’t always look at these cases by how the book says things should be done, look for something else, look for clues on how you can help people rather than throwing up roadblocks. Look for ways to help them reach their goals.
“I said to him, this family is working hard, but they have no idea and no direction on how to improve their situation. Nobody is doing anything to help them, at least not in the area of their finances.
“This family even struggled with their English, so I brought along a translator from one of the local churches and with her help I was able to get a much better understanding of their financial position.