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Rahida Amjad, making education inclusive

Rahiba Amjad, a long-running borrower of CSC, does two things at once, she breaks one of the countless stereotypes that is knitted into the mindsets of inhabitants of the Pakistani society that women cannot work and she also simultaneously provides affordable education to under-privileged children from Green-town who would otherwise be denied this basic necessity. Giving hundreds of children from both genders enrolled in primary and middle school grades, tuition, is not her only contribution to society, she also upholds the concept of integrated conjugal roles, financially contributing to her family's monthly income and has also hired other previously unemployed female teachers who she personally trained to accompany her in her mission.

However, her life was not always running in such a productive manner, she started her business before getting married, at her parent's house in a single room and after tying the knot to her spouse her brother's sold her furniture and asked her to move out, a classic description of patriarchal supremacy. With no individual assets of her own and her husband's inconsistent income she approached Community Support Concern's head-office and after a period of 7 years she is now on her seventh loan cycle, has paid the previous installments and is getting a school constructed to have greater infrastructure facilities for her devoted students. The quality of life for her and her family has drastically increased and she is an inspiration for her community and women in the education department all across Lahore

"Rahiba Amjad"

Symbol of Success

Hina, from the area of Garhi Shahu in Lahore, is the only earning hand in her family. Being partly trained in the art of making stuffed toys, Hina was only able to earn a meager Rs. 3500 per month. This was barely enough to provide for her and her 4 children. The search for better financial prospects led her to find CEIP, from where she secured a loan to manufacture and market her stuffed toys.

The biggest hurdle faced by Hina was unavailability of a trained workforce. She was able to train girls around her community and later employ them at her own business unit. In the process, she was able to significantly improve her own entrepreneurial and technical skills by undergoing several trainings. Her in-laws and husband, who had initially not supported her, finally began to appreciate her success when the economic results became more prominent.

Hina, in the coming years, wants to expand her business by moving into a manufacturing space that she owns and also wants to expand her business to other cities of Pakistan. Being a pragmatist, Hina understands that as her business grows, so will her need for skilled workers. She has decided to save up and invest in her very own training center where she will train and empower women who she then plans to hire. Hina From Garhi Shahu Lahore.

" Hina From Garhi Shahu Lahore "

From Tears to a Smile

Koser Parveen belongs to Muhallah Awami Colony in Lahore. A widowed mother of two, Koser decided to step up and become economically self-reliant and seeked CEIP’s help. During a conversation with CEIP, Koser revealed that she is currently married to her second husband who is supportive of her dedication and consistency towards her work. She started her business by stitching clothes and headscarves with materials brought to her by her clientele. After spending some time on her business, Koser began stitching ready-to-wear articles of clothing from materials she procured herself. Purchasing materials herself meant that Koser had to mortgage or sell items in her household to invest in her business.

CSC saw this is as a potential opportunity for intervention and stepped in to provide Koser with access to financial support. She used the funds to procure a sewing machine for her stitching unit and on account of her exceptional sewing skills, was able to make a solid reputation for herself within a short period of time. She has used her profits to fulfil a lifelong dream of owning her very own house and financing her son’s resettlement to Saudi Arabia.

Kauser is a model recipient of financing opportunities from CEIP as she has not only made considerable progress bu is also giving back to her community by training several girls to work as part of her stitching unit. She can now save a reasonable amount every month and her living conditions have improved drastically.

" kosar Pareevn From Muhallah Awami Colony Lahore "

Woman of Substance

Nazia Sulaiman hails from Nawaz Colony, Green Town, Lahore and has a story repeated once too often in a poverty stricken society like ours. Nazia is a mother of five and wanted to be able to provide her children with a basic education. Her husband, who owned a small tuck shop fell sick quite often and Nazia did not have the resources to get him the medical attention he required. She decided to make a significant change in her life. After reaching out to CSC for a small loan, Nazia was faced with an uphill task. She had a sick husband to look after, hostile neighbours and unsympathetic in-laws. She decided to stay strong and persevere to improve the living conditions of her family.

Initially, Nazia did not fully understand the art of bangle making because of her inexperience but was able to develop her skill through systematic training sessions that were organized for her by CEIP. Her husband, who had earlier been quite unsupportive soon realized that she had the potential to lead the family out of poverty. She is now also able to afford proper treatment for her husband, educate her children and improve the quality of life of her family. She now makes between 35 to 40 thousand a month! Nazia reached out to CSC once again during the ‘Women Ride with Pride’ initiative. She was loaned a hybrid two-wheeler that she now uses as a means of transport for family. She is repaying the society by imparting training to 35 girls in the art of bangle making. She has become a symbol of strength not just to her family and in-laws but also for her community.

" Nazia Sulaiman hails Green Town Lahore "

Hanging on a Shoestring

Ameer Baksh, a cobbler by profession had been working hard to make ends meet. Any revenue that he generated was reinvested in his business to purchase raw material required to continue working the following day. Lack of liquidity in his financial resources implied that he could contribute very little to his household. Additionally, frequent purchases also led to more time spent in the markets. The latter had detrimental implications for his business. Time spent away from his workshop greatly diminished his operational abilities while buying in smaller quantities implied higher prices for his purchases. All of this meant that his production capacity was limited to just 2 or 3 shoes at a time.

Ameer reached out to CEIP for a small loan under the PMIFL Scheme. On securing the loan from CEIP, he was able to introduce liquidity in his business's’ finances. He was now in a position to buy raw materials in bulk at a discounted rate while saving time from not having to make multiple trips to the market, thus greatly increasing his efficiency and daily output of shoes. Ameer has now reached a point where he can balance the financial requirements of his family and business in a comfortable manner.

He has expanded his operational capabilities by adding three semi-skilled workers to his team who help him along the manufacturing line that he has set up within his small workshop. Ameer now aspires to expand his business by reaching out to larger players in the shoemaking industry and supply his products to them while continuing to expand his operation by hiring more workers. Ameer has also planned on supplementing his income by diversifying into the livestock trade. Ameer’s story is a perfect example of how small contributions in addition to an individual’s hard work can achieve so much.

"Ameer Baksh"

Sky is the Limit

Asiya Muhammad Din hails from Gul Bahar Colony in Lahore. On account of her hard work and motivation, Asiya has developed an intricate eye for the embellishment of stone work on clothes and furnishing accessories. She started her career working as a sales girl at one of the local high-end retail outlets of the posh suburbs of Lahore. After working at this position for a few years, Asiya moved on to actualizing her dream of becoming an entrepreneur by starting a small business based on her knowledge of stone work and applying it to a range of different products.

Asiya hopes to further expand her manufacturing business to a larger manufacturing unit where she could employ a larger number workers and being able to develop newer and modern varieties of furnishing accessories. Asiya always understood the importance of a suitable retail outlet with aesthetically displayed and presented products for the end user. After overcoming unfavourable circumstances at home, she has been able to work towards her own brand.

Asiya’s zeal and passion was greatly appreciated by CEIP and thus the team decided to provide her with financing to expand her existing business, bringing her one step closer to realising her dream of setting up a large-scale retail outlet in the near future. Asiya now fine tunes her products to adhere to customer demand and now plans on involving her brother as a marketing liaison in her existing business. Asiya has been able to renovate her home and greatly alleviate not only her own, but the community’s standard of living by involving other women from her area as helping trainees her business.

" Asiya Muhammad Din hails From Gul Bahar Lahore "

Land of Opportunity

Rukhsana Bibi is one of the 50 landless women who have learnt new agricultural techniques through CSC’s ‘Move Forward to Regain Prosperous Lives’ project developed under a private-public partnership with Punjab’s agricultural department in selected Union Councils of two Districts.

Standing proudly over her bumper wheat field in a small village, Basti Sareen Wala, Dera Ghazi Khan, she says, “Earlier on only the men in my family were called farmers, I am so happy that they have now finally recognized me as a Woman farmer too”. Her crop looks better than anyone else’s around her and she is expecting to harvest a 1000 more kg of wheat than last year.

This drastic change in her status has been made possible by employing new techniques for farming and seed preservation that she learnt from numerous technical support sessions and training programs run by CSC in the Districts of D.G.Khan and Rajanpur. CSC has been providing technical support to women farmers in Rukhsana Bibi’s village on seasonal crop management for the last three years.

" Rukhsana Bibi From DG-Khan "

Survivor to Entrepreneur

Gurriya, a mother of two daughters and two sons is married to a drug addict. The husband is unemployed and spends most of his days lazing around the house. The financial condition of the family deteriorated to the point where Gurriya decided to go around looking for a job. She was unsuccessful in doing so but was informed by a friend to reach out to CSC for a small loan. At that time when Guriya reached out to CSC, the Organization was in the process of implementing a Project named ‘Promoting Improved Livelihood for Informal Sector Work’. It was under this Project, that Gurriya received a loan, on the condition that she undertook extensive training on making shoes.

The training developed her skills pertaining to design, colour matching techniques and marketing. In no time, Gurriya was able to build upon her basic shoemaking skills and started making khussas. Later on, she started to train other girls and women in her community who were inspired by her success. Her breakthrough came when she was provided with an opportunity to display her products at an up-scale exhibition in Islamabad. Her stall was a success. Encouragement from customers gave a huge boost to her confidence while the exhibition provided her with an opportunity to make linkages with the established players in the field.

The exhibition gave her the confidence to deal with her struggles head-on. She has put her husband into a rehabilitation center where he is recovering from his addiction, her kids have started going back to school. Her business now receives orders from other cities and she has now hired the women she trained to cater to the needs of her successfully expanding business. The quality of life for her and her family has drastically increased and she is an inspiration for her community!

" Gurriya"

Still Waters Run Deep

Nafeesa was only 14, when she was married off to a man who was ten years older than her. The marriage turned out to be a complicated one, riddled with abuse. However, a staunch observer of cultural norms, Nafeesa decided to keep all of this to herself. Just a year ago, Nafeesa’s husband, with whom she had raised 6 children, informed her that he was in fact, homosexual. She then had to return to her parent’s home without a penny to her name.

On finding out about CSC’s ‘Enhanced Women’s Socio Economic Development’ Programme, she reached out to the team for a micro-loan. Nafeesa was already a skilled tailor and CSC deemed it beneficial to build upon her existing talents and gave extensive training through professional tailors and designers to improve her skills. After the training was complete CSC provided Nafeesa with all the basic materials and equipment required to open her own sewing unit. She has started to earn enough money to take care of her children and aims to improve her income so that she can send her kids to school.

Nafeesa, with the help of the paralegal trainer at CSC, filed a lawsuit against her husband for alimony. Her husband currently lives among the transgender community of the city and as a result of his changing whereabouts, her lawyers have not been able to ensure monthly payments from her husband. But, her lawyers will be filing for divorce so that Nafeesa can put all this behind her.

" Nafeesa "

Honor, Shame and Resistance

Attiya's three year old child was brutally raped and beaten and although the rapist was brought to justice, her husband fell victim to a severe attack of paralysis which left him disabled and unable to earn a living.

It became crucial for Attiya to generate income for the family’s survival. She heard about CSC’s ‘Enhanced Women’s Socio-Economic Development’ Program through a neighbor. Attiya enrolled herself with CSC and received training on sewing clothes. After she had become a master tailor, CSC provided her with relevant equipment to start her very own shop. Attiya now makes a decent living and has also opened a small provision store for her husband. Her daughter is also recovering steadily and CSC is helping with the provision of regular sessions of psychological counseling.

" Attiya "

Survived with Courage

Nida got married to a man from Rana Bhatti Village in District Sheikhupura at a very young age. refusal, Nida was locked up in a room and starved which resulted in the death of her unborn child. She returned to her parent’s home shortly after, but her in-laws managed to convince her to come back on the guarantee that it would never happen again.

A few months later, she was expecting a child once again. Upon informing the in-laws she was met with the same response but this time was told that her mother-in-law and sister-in-law were involved in prostitution and Nida was expected to join their trade. Her husband insisted on the same and began to torture her mentally and physically to consent to their demands. Until one day she managed to run away and return to her maternal home.

Nida gave birth to a baby girl shortly after. Not wanting to burden her parents with the additional expenses, she decided to reach out to one of the regional coordinators of CSC. Raheela, a lawyer who works with the CSC team on domestic abuse cases, helped Nida file a lawsuit against her ex-husband and helped her execute an annulment. CSC provided Nida with extensive training in stitching and dress-making and after the completion of her training, CSC also provided her with a sewing machine to start her very own tailoring business and earn a livelihood for herself and her daughter. CSC is delighted to inform that with their help and support, Nida now has income a progressively increasing sustainable source of income.

"Nida From Sheikhupura"

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