Haripur – Changed Livelihoods and Lives

Our Haripur as expected has yielded awesome results, despite our own self belief it surpassed our own expectations too!

Though a detailed report is being compiled, given our limited resources it is taking us some time compiling the report, moreso since we are uber busy planning on kicking off in Karachi (Sindh) at the end of January 2014 and in Muzzafargarh (Punjab) shortly thereafter.

In the meantime however we want to share the results and some of the interviews with everyone, from our supporters, friends, ambassadors to strangers – the results are a great pick me up for anyone across the third rock!

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Having taken 70 street based entrepreneurs / cobblers through a 1 week MBA program followed by 12 weeks of data informed coaching and consulting we have the following summary metrics to share.

Of the 70 entrepreneurs of circumstance engaged 63 engaged and embraced the the program whilst 7 did not, this is inline with the drop out rate from our previous cohorts.

Revenue Growth:

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The average revenue growth across the 63 entrepreneurs of circumstances is 51%. With 48% of the 63 entrepreneurs achieving greater than 50% increase in revenue. There are some outliers; 6 entrepreneurs of circumstance of the 63 achieved greater than 100% growth in revenue whilst only 1 achieved less than 10% growth (Mir Dad at 4%).

 

Profitability Growth:

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The average growth in profitability across the 63 entrepreneurs of circumstances is 83%. With 65% of the 63 entrepreneurs achieving greater than 50% increase in profitability. 20 of the 63 entrepreneurs of circumstance achieved greater than 100% growth in revenue and 3 of the them managed greater than 200% growth in the 3 month period.

Those of you who are strangers to Peace Through prosperity’s MBA program, think of it as an entrepreneurship development program or business growth programs of sorts.

For now we would like to leave you with Muhammad Saeed’s post MBA interview and though the translation does not do him justice his renewed optimism transcends linguistic barriers.

Mohammad saeed – Post MBA Feedback from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.

In Haripur we had a direct positive impact on 63 micro-entrepreneurs, 315 of their immediate family members and many more in the extended family and their local community. We are editing and uploading videos as best we can with our limited resources please visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to remain updated on progress.

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street based Entrepreneurs of Circumstance and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Bahawalpur Needs Assessment – creating an environment for peace through livelihood development

In semi-urban and rural areas the market size is not sufficient to sustain an entrepreneur of circumstance let along grow their micro-enterprise to any significant size. Over the course of our research between 2012 and 2013 where we surveyed and interviewed close to 500 entrepreneurs of circumstances we found those in semi-urban and rural areas to be involved in more than one type of craft or trade to make ends meet.

Whilst we have been working with entrepreneurs of circumstances focusing on a singular trade/craft we have been thinking about these less fortunate entrepreneurs of circumstances who by virtue of their geography have even less options open to them.

However we have a plan for these entrepreneurs of circumstances and with that plan in mind we set out to interview their family members and evaluate the likelihood of getting the womenfolk in their family involved in their trade or another trade/craft that would supplement the household income… and we are working on the best possible way to do so.

The videos below are a few of the interviews held with family members of Entrepreneurs of Circumstances in the Bahawalpur district in Southern Punjab.

Interview with a street cobbler’s family in Bahawalpur in Southern Punjab from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.

Interview with a street cobbler’s family in Bahawalpur in Southern Punjab from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.

Interview with a street cobbler’s family in Bahawalpur in Southern Punjab from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.

Interview with a street cobbler’s family in Bahawalpur in Southern Punjab from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street based Entrepreneurs of Circumstance and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Improved Livelihoods in Haripur (KPK) – update

Peace Through Prosperity’s Haripur project drew to a close at the end of November, we took 70 Entrepreneurs of Circumstance (EoC) through our MBA program and then delivered 12 weeks of consulting, coaching, monitoring and evaluation. As of the 1st of December 2013 the team has been digitising the quantitative data gathered from the EoCs and the Haripur report is scheduled to be released in early Jan 2014.

We have edited a few of the post consulting video interviews, and are going through the rest with our limited resources, in the mean time we leave you with what Shamraiz Khan, Suleman Khan, Hanif Khan and Safdar had to say about their experiences of working with Peace Through Prosperity.

Hanif Khan – post MBA feedback from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.

Shamraiz Khan – post MBA feedback from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.

Suleman Khan – post MBA feedback from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.

Safdar – post MBA feedback from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street based Entrepreneurs of Circumstance and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Haripur – one to one coaching for entrepreneurs of circumstance

Pictures from Haripur, KPK – one to one coaching and consulting for entrepreneurs of circumstance. Helping them build a better future for themselves, their family and community.

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street cobblers and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Haripur (KPK) – progress report

hp c2 d5 002 300x225 Haripur (KPK)   progress reportWe have kept you updated on progress as we rolled out the two MBA cohorts in Haripur in September, now its time to reflect and share some of the experiences we have had, lessons we have learned and innovations we are introducing to better the lives of the entrepreneurs of circumstance we are engaged with in Haripur.

Initially we budgeted for 50 entrepreneurs of circumstance (EoC) for our MBA program for street cobblers in Haripur but team PTP working closely with local mobilizers managed to engage and mobilise a total of 70 street cobblers that were divided into two groups: 40 in cohort 1 and 30 in cohort 2.

Our local mobilizers deserve more than a mention! Ghulam Rabani and Anees Lodhi did a fantastic job mobilizing, then facilitating in the delivery of the week long MBA program  and have been retained to facilitate team PTP in coaching, mentoring, monitoring and evaluation phase following the MBA.

PTP Cohort 1 group photo1 300x225 Haripur (KPK)   progress reportDay 1 for both the cohorts had a similar start, the participants mobilized were on-boarded to address their curiosity, fears and trepidations which is a natural reaction to the unknown. All of which were allayed by a comprehensive introduction of Peace Through Prosperity’s objectives and the MBA tool for achieving them.  The 2nd cohort was a little less apprehensive as the news and progress of the 1st cohort had travelled far and wide in the district of Haripur. Impact of the first day discussion was quite evident on the second day for both the cohorts, participant numbers for both the cohorts increased on the second day. Additionally day 2 is when we jump into the deep end with the MBA curriculum.

Day 3 and 4 are from experience days of realisation for the participants, having put the tools taught on day 2 into practice participants realise that things can indeed change for the better and with the right tools they can grow their businesses beyond their expectations and build a better future for themselves and their family.

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Ptp TrainingMINIMBA day 5 007 300x225 Haripur (KPK)   progress reportOn day 5, the last day of the MBA program we distributed stools for the street cobblers and their clients, supplies and tools among all the participants at a graduation ceremony. We have learned that a closure to the MBA program along with something to perk up their spirits further is a must, and the SWAG we had went down very well with the participants.

Lastly we had seen entrepreneurs of circumstance from our previous cohorts in Islamabad and Rawalpindi suffer at the hands of extortionate civil servants as well as been left high and dry by the courts ruling in favour of property developers, declaring their shacks on pavements as illegal encroachments. Unfortunately we were unable to help and assist the street cobblers as much as we’d like to in Islamabad and Rawalpindi but in Haripur we are not going to allow that sort of abuse of the marginalised entrepreneurs of circumstance to be made that easy.

Having already introduced the participants to the power of the collective via collective buying of supplies to get a better price from their wholesalers, we took this a step further by suggesting and stepping up to facilitate the creation of a street cobblers union in the district of Haripur.

Our participants understood and appreciated that it is essential to safeguard their social, economical and legal rights and the only way to do so against the odds is via collective voice.

We are in process of working with the participants in drafting the requisite paper work to register the union, educating them on selection, elections and the workings of a labour union and to get those street cobblers involved who have not been engaged in our MBA program.

At the moment we are continuing with the one to one coaching, monitoring and evaluation in Haripur alongside establishing a street cobblers union. We shall keep you posted on our progress and that of the individual street cobblers we are there to help and assist to secure a better future for themselves and their family.

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street cobblers and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Day 4 & 5 of the mini-MBA program in Haripur, KPK (Cohort 2)

Cohort 2′s mini MBA program concluded yesterday and the experience for the street cobblers and ourselves has been epic to put it mildly! its deja vu!

We set out to engage with 50 street cobblers in Haripur over 2 cohorts, we engaged with over 70 of them. Our work begins in earnest from this week having completed the cohorts… 3 months of 1 to 1 coaching, mentoring, monitoring and evaluation begins from the 23rd of September.

Pictures from Day 4 & 5 of Cohort 2.

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street cobblers and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

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To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Day 3 of the mini-MBA program in Haripur, KPK (Cohort 2)

Pictures from Day 3 of Cohort 2.

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street cobblers and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Day 2 of the mini-MBA program in Haripur, KPK (Cohort 2)

Pictures from Day 2 of Cohort 2.

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street cobblers and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Day 1 of the mini-MBA program in Haripur, KPK (Cohort 2)

Our second and last cohort in Haripur, unoriginally labelled as Cohort 2 kicked off on Monday 16th September 2013. Over the next five days the Entrepreneurs of Circumstance will be equipped with knowledge, skills and tools to enable them to increase their revenues and improve their profitability.

 

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street cobblers and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Day 5 of the mini-MBA program in Haripur, KPK (Cohort 1)

Cohort 1′s mini MBA program concluded yesterday and the experience for the street cobblers and ourselves has been epic to put it mildly!

Day 5 was about bringing it all together as well as handing out stools for the street cobblers to use for themselves and their clients and some basic SWAG we have put together for them.

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Super proud of the awesome dedication and hard work of Team PTP, the dedication, belief and leap of faith of the Entrepreneurs of Circumstance… the street cobblers and the Awesome support of our friends / supporters. Thank you everyone, we are responsible for changing the life trajectory of 40 Entrepreneurs of Circumstance! chew on it! its soul food.

Cohort 2 kicks off on Monday the 16th.

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street cobblers and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Day 4 of the mini-MBA program in Haripur, KPK (Cohort 1)

Pictures from day 4 of the mini-MBA program for street cobblers in Haripur being delivered by the Peace Through Prosperity Team. Day 4 is all about finance and financial planning for growth, the street cobblers got given their sales ledgers for record keeping and the mood was curious to raring to go!

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street cobblers and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Day 3 of the mini-MBA program in Haripur, KPK (Cohort 1)

Pictures from day 3 of the mini-MBA program for street cobblers in Haripur being delivered by the Peace Through Posperity Team.

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street cobblers and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Day 2 of the mini-MBA program in Haripur, KPK (Cohort 1)

Pictures from day 2 of the mini-MBA program for street cobblers in Haripur being delivered by the Peace Through Prosperity Team.

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street cobblers and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Haripur, KPK – Cohort 1 mini-MBA program

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Posters of Peace Through prosperity’s mini-MBA program have been put up in a few select spots in Haripur to inform the community of the aim of the program

Though we wanted to kick off the mini-MBA classes last week, team PTP took the decision to mobilise, induct and spend the week gone informing the street cobblers as well as local community members and leaders of the aim of the intervention. this was a trust building exercise that is critical to ensuring engagement form the street cobblers as well as gaining buy in from the local community.

Having mobilised the street cobblers and received buy in and support from the local community we inducted the street cobblers last week and kicked off the mini-MBA 5 day program in earnest today – Monday 9th September.

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Nazish Zahoor taking the day 1 class for the mini-MBA program for street cobblers

Peace Through Prosperity’s methodology, process of engagement, in-class and on-site coaching works. The results are repeatable and in front of you. We need YOUR help to raise funds to extend this program to many more street cobblers and other street based vocations in Pakistan and beyond.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.

Feature in Cutting Edge – UK’s trade magazine for Today’s Shoe Repairer

Undeniably a giant leap for Peace Through Prosperity’s Street Cobbler project!

2013 09 02 10.40.59 e1378122458120 225x300 Feature in Cutting Edge   UKs trade magazine for Todays Shoe Repairer The pulse here at Peace Through Prosperity has been racing for the past fortnight! after months of delays and budgetary constraints we kicked off the Haripur project last week, We lit the beacons of Gondor and Éowyn came with her cavalry to aid! and to top it off this morning we got the recent issue of the Cutting Edge magazine in the post with a feature on the street cobbler project!

The feature is a huge milestone for our street cobbler project for it connects us, our work and the street cobblers in conflict affected areas that we are working in with the UK trade community. It is a small footbridge between a community separated by continents and circumstances.

It is our hope that shoe repair professionals from the UK will engage with us and support us in delivering life changing training, skills and tools to the street cobblers in the geographies we are working in.

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We need YOUR continued support to raise funds, learn about new tools and skills that we can transfer to improve and secure the livelihood of street cobblers and to extend this program to many more street cobblers and other street based vocations in Pakistan and other conflicted affected communities across the third rock.

To help us help the entrepreneur of circumstance please visit our website or get in touch with us to donate via a bank transfer.