Humaira Ahmed is the CEO and founder of Locelle.
She has a background in software engineering and communications and had the idea to build a mobile application to foster connections between women.
Humaira is tackling the growing issue of social isolation directly. She talks about the numerous points in her life that she has felt isolated. As an immigrant from Pakistan, a female engineering student in Toronto, a pedestrian in Vancouver, and as a mom with a newborn daughter.
So, she embraced her entrepreneurial spirit and decided to do something about it. Enter Locelle. Now, there is an app for that!
The app is still in development with members primarily in the Greater Victoria and Vancouver regions. But, Humaira looks to grow its geographic footprint in Seattle and across Canada.
Tackling mental health and social isolation is complex. There is no one answer to solving this issue. But, it is important to start by removing the stigma and making sure that we are talking about it.
It’s not just new mothers with postpartum. It extends right across all demographics in our society. Women, men, youth and seniors, it’s an everybody issue.
It seems antithetical to connect isolation in a world exploding with social media. Even Locelle is a digital application with a focus on driving inter-personal engagement. Social media connects, but the connections are not real. As Humaira and I discuss, it drives destructive narratives about self-worth and personal value.
Making real connections
Humans yearn for real inter-personal connection.
It is powerful when people are willing to share their stories. And, as Humaira says, even though we may look like we have it all together and we appear to be all-good, that is not always the case.
Our Instagram culture encourages only the best profile picture, but we all wake up with messy hair!
Edited Sunday February 24, 2019 at 9:18pm