1498 – This is not just a number. This is the number of lives we have changed. This is the number of direct and indirect beneficiaries we have reached and positively affected. This is the number of stories we have to share. This is the number of beneficiaries whose future has been transformed. To break it down for you:
- 214 direct beneficiaries
- 1284 indirect beneficiaries
When Peace Through Prosperity started operations in Karachi early this year, we knew the economic-political challenges will raise walls and create blockers for our team and our project. With our determination, hard work and the trust individual beneficiaries placed in us we have succeeded in the first leg of our journey.
During a recent workshop in Qayumabad, we asked our latest batch of mini-MBAs beneficiaries to update us and each other on their progress; their profit increased on average by 80%, fruit sellers who had one pushcart now owned two, the ones who had rented one were now the owners of their own pushcart, some saved enough to buy goats and the womenfolk in their family were now sell goats milk in the market to supplement their household income, their children were able to go to school, some are now able to afford to send their children to better schools and even private tuition. Individuals, families and communities who were stuck in poverty now have a means of their own making to gradually work their way out of poverty.
Peach Through Prosperity, till now, has worked in seven areas – Qayumabad, Sultanabad, Chakra Goth, Bilal Colony, Hijrat Colony, Korangi No.2 and Bangali Para. After the mini-MBA trainings empowering the micro entrepreneurs of these areas, workshops were held in order to increase cross communication between individuals from different neighbourhoods and communities and to share their successes and failures to peer source solutions to their challenges.
To share some narratives, Ayoub is a samosa seller with a cart in Korangi No.2. Following our mini-MBA program we put a growth plan for Ayoub, who saved enough to started another cart from Korangi Crossing, and employed a local unemployed youth to manage the second cart. Furthermore Ayoub went on to purchase a motor bike from his savings and now delivers snacks and rolls to nearby schools canteens in the mornings. What was and a micro business for Ayoub is now expanding into a full-fledge enterprise with a 100% growth in revenue and an unabated ambition to grow it further still.
Similarly, Mohammad a juice seller has been able to purchase another cart and set it up as his second juice cart and has employed his uncle to manage it, not only have Ayoub and Mohammad expanded their businesses they have created employment and prosperity in their local community.
In our workshops we also invite an inspiring personality to speak to our beneficiaries and encourage them think big. In our last workshop, we invited Habib, President of Sindh Tajir Ittehad who shared his experiences with our members narrating his own journey from a push cart started off with a pushcart too. From there Habib went on to buy one shop and now has a number of shops in Korangi and Saddar. Something that is not beyond the reach of our beneficiaries either.
With the news of our beneficiaries successes reaching far and wide the skepticism attached with our work has greatly reduced as well. In fact, in every workshop we get a lot of people who were not a part of our mini-MBA program but want to learn to improve their lives.
It’s not just the street based entrepreneurs who have benefited but we have been working hard to address the encroachment problem too. For instance, the road from Korangi 1.5 to Korangi No.2 was blocked and it used to take around 45 minutes to reach from one point to another. The 80 ft road was only had 20 ft dedicated to traffic and the rest was occupied by carts. Now, the area is 90% cleared out which has helped the traffic to run smoothly. It has not affected the business of these vendors but has helped them as the people now walk on foot towards them and even stay there for a while since the traffic does not disturb them anymore.
All what we did for these people was to make them organized and taught them the basics of their enterprise. These people used to call their work “hawai rozi” which means daily wages jobs but we instilled in them the notion that it is their business. They have to think about profits and sales if they want to save some money at the end of the day. This change of perception ensured the paradigm shift. Not only they started believing in saving but they also put their kids in schools so that their future could not same as theirs.
We are now reaching out to more fruit, vegetable, samosa/rolls sellers and cobblers to help improve their lives. Currently, we are working with our 213 individuals and families, and helping them in every way possible to keep up their new model of business to secure their livelihood. To know more about the change Peace Through Prosperity is bringing with our work, visit our website or follow us on Twitter or Facebook . You can also watch more life-changing stories on our Vimeo channel. Stay tuned and be a part of the change you want to see in your society.