09/23/13

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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02/22/13

PTP’s hypothesis for and style of engagement stands vindicated

…(at a micor level for now)

The Peace Through Prosperity team have  completed the first phase of monitoring and evaluations… and our hypothesis for and style of engagement stands vindicated…

Gul Marjan has clocked on to the power of good customer relationship management, also controlling his expenses… perhaps soon to be a cash-flow maestro! an inspiration, mentor and catalyst for prosperity and change in his community and all those touched by it. Gul Marjan has approx. 50% increase in revenue to show for his new knowledge and improving skills.

Gul Marjan – Post Training Interview from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.

Shah Khalid is getting to grips with product placement and impulse buy! transparent product pricing. Shah Khalid has approx. 100% increase in revenue to show for his new knowledge and improving skills.

Shah Khalid Post training interview from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.

To view most training feedback video interviews please visit our Vimeo channel, now that we have a dedicated video editor on-board (Babar) the catch up to a video footage library of 400+ hours is ON!

Thank you Nazish, Babar, Babar and Asad from team PTP. What incredible work.

@BringPTP #Entrepreneurship #Founders #Peace #Hope #EconomicDevelopment #SocialGood

01/31/13

We knew it was never going to be easy…

….but we did not know we would be fighting off extortionists and opportunists…

but before anything else… Happy new year, we have been off the radar but been super busy since November, we have had ups, ups and a couple of downs, but mostly ups. and we are kicking of 2013 in super spirits! Ooorah!

From a distance I observe, advise, curse with, pick up, assist, admire and witness the numerous hurdles that team PTP faces and overcomes day in day out, and most of them they take on the chin, adapt, over come and carry on with a lot of help and assistance from our limited number of individual donors.

There are hurdles that team PTP has faced and overcome that I can’t mention without attracting the wrath of the powers that be, but there is one episode that I would like to share with everyone; just so you’all have an appreciation for the kind of issues we face and deal with. His name is Sher Bahadur but at PTP we call him Brutus for reasons you shall soon read about.

Back in November 2012 we had a run in with Brutus.

We mobilised and got another cohort of 30 street cobblers convinced to attend the business growth program to be held in Rawalpindi, all was well, the venue and catering arranged the cobblers confirmed but on the day from amongst the delegates one of them got in touch with us hours from kick off.

Sher Bahadur (a.k.a Brutus) identified himself as the spokesperson for the entire cohort and laid down terms for us to accept if any of the delegates were to show up later that evening, the terms were the venue be changed to a more expensive hotel (he had a name for us too), dinner be upgraded and the stipend be doubled and paid to him to distribute to the delegates.

We do not take kindly to be extorted, we engaged Brutus in a discussion and queried his rationale; Brutus said PTP is funded by external donors and must be awash with cash and it was his right to demand what he was demanding.

The team explained that PTP’s work is funded by a handful of donors and we work with very tight budgets and most importantly Brutus was betraying his cobbler community with his demands. Whilst one of PTP’s team engaged Brutus in discussion another started calling up the cohort delegates only to be told by some that Sher Bahadur (a.k.a Brutus was their voice) and by others that Sher Bahadur had told them what PTP really was and they would not attend without Sher Bahadur’s presence at the event.

Team PTP told Sher Bahadur to go where we seldom tell people to go! yes we did loose the deposits we had paid for the venue and catering but we did not give in to extortion.
The lost cohort of November taught us a few things, the most important being to keep the cohort sizes small until there is significant awareness of our work in the cobbler community, stay off the radar and keep trudging on.

We took our lessons from November and put them to test in December, which was an incredibly successful month for PTP, in December 2012 we engaged three cohorts; the details for that will follow in the next post. We had to close this post on a positive note, no matter what we will stick to our message and keep moving towards our objectives.

OooraH to what will be an awesome year for micro-entrpreneurs!

08/1/12

A peak into the life of a cobbler in the third world…

Intelligent deduction from visits, narratives (both fact and fiction!) and googling is that the socio economic conditions of pavement or street based craftsmen is very similar across the third world. That’s just an intelligent deduction and the plan is to change that in time with field research…Back to the now, and we have tried to give you a glimpse into the cobbler’s world via some clippings of the 400+ interviews we have recorded during the Cobbler/Mochee Project’s pilot stage.

Mochee interviews – Haripur from Peace Through Prosperity on Vimeo.

to learn more about PTP’s work, the Mochee/Cobbler project visit our website: www.bringptp.com and follow us on the social clouds…

And if you are or happen to know of an awesome video editor who could volunteer some time to help us put all our interviews up on our youtube channel please email us, tweet us… get in touch we need volunteers to on our social media desk.