Change Agent In Livelihood
Our Change Story
Shahnaz Bibi’s family consisted of six children and her parents in law in addition to herself and her husband. This household of ten people was barely surviving on the meagre sum her husband earned by working as a mechanic. In order to contribute and make life better for her family, Shahnaz tried to make and sell rose essence but the initiative didn’t take root as she always had to use borrowed equipment making things very difficult.
A neighbor then told her about Akhuwat and she decided to start working with them. The organization gave her a loan of seven thousand to start off and then two loans of twelve thousand each after that. With the help of this money, Shahnaz Bibi slowly built up her business and she is now the proud owner of a small but successful set up which consists of equipment and supplies to make rose essence. She now contributes to the family income making life better for her entire family while simultaneously working towards paying back the loan.
This is just one of the countless success stories that have come about because of Akhuwat foundation. Based in Lahore, what started off as a simple and thoughtful philanthropic exercise has today turned into a full-fledged foundation which is recognized as a provider of Microfinance facilities. Akhuwat operates on the lines of providing interest free micro credit, establishing charitable links with religious places and instilling the spirit of volunteerism in society in order to work towards achieving their vision which is; “A poverty free society built on the principles of compassion and equity.”
The setup of the organization confirms the fact that Akhuwat is incredibly efficient and their only goal is to help the underprivileged without looking for any personal gains. Since the organization provides interest free loans, it does not make any profit and thereby needs to keep its expenses minimal. The Board of Directors works without remuneration, the employees use public transport as often as possible as the company has no vehicles of their own and the offices of Akhuwat are extremely simple and minimalistic.
Change We Want to See
Akhuwat has shaped their entire work ethic and organizational structure to facilitate a fulfillment of their aim. They wish to continue providing interest free loans to the underprivileged so that they are able to build a sustain livelihood for themselves and can support themselves as well as their families.
The recipients of these loans are immensely grateful to the foundation and never fail to acknowledge what a great blessing it has been. As Shahnaz Bibi stated, “I no longer have nagging worries and my family situation is quite well. We eat three times a day. I thank Akhuwat for all the difference it has made in our lives.”