Wonder Women of Khushhali- Shaheen Munawar
Shaheen’s cellphone rang in the middle of the night with her husband’s name flickering on the screen. She answered the phone to news that shattered her world—a strange voice asking her to come and identify her husband’s body. Shaheen’s husband had left the family home in Johar Morr, Karachi that evening to pick up medicine for their son. On his way back, he was cut down by a stray bullet intended for someone else. Shaheen hung up the phone to a new reality; she was a widow and her five children were fatherless.
Banking for Prosperity- Govind
Govind, a father of three, was one among the millions of Pakistanis living in poverty. A native of Sindh, his life had been spent struggling to provide three square meals a day for his family. When he was a boy, Govind learned early on the disappointment and struggle that comes with poverty. Govind recalls the time when as a child he aspired to become a school teacher. Tough financial times and responsibilities at home deprived him of the opportunity. Coming from a minority community didn’t help matters much.
Stories that matter- Wazeeran Bibi
Standing in a farm, the 45-year-old Wazeeran bibi tosses corn kernels in the air. As the chickens circle around her she sighs but a smile inevitably appears on her lined face. The sigh does not even begin to reflect her difficult journey, yet the smile is a testament to Wazeeran bibi’s confidence in her future.
Since she was a child, she would create beautiful colorful pieces of chunri (traditional tie-dye) which women of her area bought and wore on special occasions. Little did she know that this skill would pull her through life. This 35 years old resident of Abbas Nagar near Bahawalpur is an owner of a small business today, and is helping support her husband and four children lead a better life.
Shabana Sarwar- The go-getter
Shabana Sarwar’s primary school is up and running. Residing in Mughalpura, Lahore, Shabana Bibi is a role model for those who envision use their education as their armour. Some financial crisis at home instigated her to contribute to her children’s education and help her husband.