• Expanding the scope of dreams

    Ijaz Husain is a small business owner in Lahore. He runs an embroidery unit in Shahdara in the outskirts of Lahore city. Ijaz Husain takes orders for embroidery of unstitched cloth from famous brands as per their requirement. Business was as usual for Ijaz until load shedding started affecting his business. Due to the power outages his machines would remain idle for hours thus delaying delivery of committed orders. Not only was he lacking behind production time but was also loosing valued customers.

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    Journey towards prosperity

    Fauzia Abuzar’s story is another inspiration for women all over Pakistan. Her desire to run a business was not only because she was a widow, it was to do something on her own and set an example in the society that a woman is capable of running a home and a business successfully even if she is uneducated.

  • 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.

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    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.

     

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