He is skilled at preparing Shawls (Garam Chadrain), Khais and Chananiyan (double sized shawl especially made for dowry).
It is fascinating to see this man who has no formal education prepare such intricate, appealing fabrics. It takes him two days making a Shawl, 3 days for Khais and 4 days for Chananiyan. The margins are respectable in that a shawl takes PKR 500 in preparation and sells for PKR 800, a Khais PKR 800 while it sells for PKR 1500 and Chaniniyan PKR 1500 and sells for PKR 3000.
He has a wide range of customers both from local towns and the main city for his handicraft. His entrepreneurial success and the fact that his children are now receiving post high school education make him a role model for his townsmen.
Ghulam Mustafa has availed financial support through Khushhali Microfinance Bank in 4 tranches worth almost PKR 100,000 and credits the leading microfinance institution and his wife for providing him the strength he needed to break the shackles of poverty.
It was through his relatives that Ghulam heard about Khushhali Microfinance Bank’s microfinance scheme for skillful people. Once he approached the bank, Khushhali Microfinance Bank not only responded the positively to his loan request but also provided him up to date entrepreneurship counseling throughout the process of setting up the business.
Ghulam Mustafa has no regrets regarding the hand life has dealt him, in fact he is proud to be the torch bearer of his family businesss, weaving from the threads of life fabrics that represent human dignity.