Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is a Muslim grant-funder which supports disadvantaged people and deprived communities across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.

Twenty-four year old Layla is a refugee from war-torn Congo, where she was raped by a militia group at the age of 15 years. She fled her home country, with her grandmother, after her family were killed. Settled in the UK, she married a few years ago, but her husband was violent towards her. After becoming pregnant, she fled her husband's home, afraid that her husband's regular beatings would harm her unborn child. She now lives in a hostel, sharing a room with a crack addict. Layla works 25 hours a week on minimum wage as a cleaner, earning just £152 per week (gross), struggling to meet her basic living costs. She is also paying back the loan for her grandmother's funeral costs, who passed away last year. She wants to go to college, to improve her English, but government subsidies for ESOL classes have now been cut. She applied to the Trust for £200.

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