07/12/15

Peace Through Prosperity: Building small businesses, livelihoods and peace at the same time

Peace Through Prosperity has been engaged in projects validating the hypothesis ‘Economic development can and does have a positive impact on Peacebuilding and Preventing Radicalisation’ for the past 4 years. Our latest report covers our  largest project to date involving 214 participants across seven violent and volatile neighbourhoods in Karachi, Pakistan.

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07/5/15

7 communities, 1498 individuals impacted – Economic and Social transformation delivered

PTP-MBA-Participant-Collage-2015-001Between May 2014 and February 2015 we ran our mini-MBA and consulting program for 214 street merchants plying their trade in seven marginalised and at ‘risk’ neighbourhoods of Karachi;

  • Bilal Colony
  • Sultanabad
  • Hijrat Colony
  • Qayyumabad
  • Chakra Goth
  • Bangali Para
  • Korangi no.2

We engaged with six different street based trades, namely; barbers, cobblers, snack vendors, juice vendors, fruit and vegetable vendors.

Over a ten month period Peace Through Prosperity has demonstrably delivered:

  • Double digit revenue and profitability growth for the participants enterprise
  • Employment: (created 15 new jobs)
  • Financial independence for 76% of beneficiaries
  • Inclusion of participant’s children in mainstream education
  • Social mobility
  • Self-esteem and sense of ‘right’ amongst participants
  • Improved understanding of and appreciation civic rights and duty
  • Gave the participants a digital footprint
  • Sense of belonging: membership of (Street Merchants Association of Pakistan: Street-MAP)

Beyond the 214 direct beneficiaries our programs benefited a further 1498 individuals in-directly and has transformed 214 households materially and psychologically.

Street Merchants Revenue Profit June 2014 to Feb 2015

 Summary Financial Results for 214 participants (Karachi (July 2014 to Feb 2015)

Peace Through Prosperity set out with the hypothesis – prosperity and financial independence reduces the risk of radicalisation of individuals in marginalised and at ‘risk’ communities. We innovated; design, delivered and improved our programs on Agile principles, from Hot Housing, Kanban and Scrum we adopted what added value. We set out to creating catalysts within the communities, so we hired, trained and empowered individuals from within the communities we engaged with as our field consultants.

The results, quantifiable impact and testimonials have validated our approach, 214 individuals and their families have been empowered to build a better future for themselves and their community, we delivered socio-economic transformation.

We now need support to extend this further in Karachi, Pakistan and to export it in other parts of the world to at ‘risk’ communities, to win hearts and minds and transform worldview. Help us course correct another marginalised micro-entrepreneur’s livelihood and future prospects, get in touch.

07/5/15

Jameel Ahmed a Barber in Chakra Goth – financially independent and upwardly mobile

Jameel Ahmed is a barber in Chakra Goth, Karachi. Jameel says that after PTP’s min-MBA and consulting program , his perception about his business has changed for the better. Before engaging with the PTP team Jameel saw little potential in his micro-enterprise; at best making ends meet, providing for daily profits of PKR 200-250 ($2 to $2.50),  post engagement  daily profits have increased to PKR 250-400 ($2.50 to $4). This increase in profits has ensured that Jameel is no longer compelled to take frequent small loans from extended family, friends and/or loan sharks. His economic success has also reflected positively on his household, Jameel has taken his children out of a sub-standard government school and enrolled them in a private school. With PTP’s assistance, Jameel is working towards further expanding his business, with the aim of owning a bigger barber shop; Jameel is also planning to increase capacity at his current shop by installing a second barber chair and taking on an apprentice; creating employment in his community.

 

For Jamee Ahmed and his family Peace Through Prosperity has demonstrably delivered:

  • Double digit revenue and profitability growth for the participants enterprise
  • Financial independence and awareness
  • Inclusion of participant’s children in mainstream education
  • Social mobility
  • Self-esteem and sense of ‘right’ amongst participants
  • Improved understanding of and appreciation civic rights and duty

Help us course correct another marginalised micro-entrepreneur’s livelihood and future prospects, get in touch.

07/5/15

 
From mending shoes under an open sky to owning a shop and holding even higher ambitions, Anwar Khan in shares his transformative journey over an 8 month period:
 

Anwar Khan Cobbler At Qayyumabad karachi from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.


 

07/5/15

Testimonials from a Group Workshop – Building brighter futures

Three testimonials from participants/beneficiaries of the mini-MBA and consulting program in Urdu with English sub-titles:

1st Combine Group Work Shop Sultanabad and Hijrat Colony from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.