My name is Rita Kostama and I am 40 years old. I am married, I am a mother of 2 children and I am entrepreneur. My company’s name is Kirjanpitopalvelu Kostama. I came to Finland as a refugee quota in 1998. My first hometown was Turku. In 2001 I moved from Turku to Espoo. I moved to Järvenpää with my family in 2009.
I have been named a Refugee Woman of the Year 2016 by the Finnish Refugee council. In 2017 I was elected as a City Councilor and in 2018 as a Parish Councilor in Järvenpää. I was nominate as a parliamentary candidate for the 2019 Finnish election by Coalition party of Uusimaa district.
I have received my education in Finland. In 2005 I got a vocational qualification in business and administration (VQBA) and in spring 2015 I graduated as BBA from Laurea University of Applied Sciences.
My hobbies include figure skating and ice swimming. In addition I do volunteer work in different organizations, at the local church and in my town. I am a public speaker. For example I visit schools and participate in panels. I’m cheerful, good willing, helpful, hard working, kind and brave. I value safety, family, education, work, equality and well-being.