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.

12/20/14

1498 lives changed for the better

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.

Munib, after attending the mini-MBA program, is now able to have a better set-up for his business and his identity as a vegetable seller in the market

Munib, after attending the mini-MBA program, now has a known brand in his neighbourhood as a reputable vegetable seller.

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.

Habib speaking to his fellow micro entrepreneurs, motivating them to work hard for a brighter future. They can make it possible, too!

Habib speaking to his fellow micro entrepreneurs, motivating them to work hard for a brighter future. They can make it possible, too!

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.

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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.

07/4/14

Peer Sourcing – Empowering Micro Entrepreneurs

Peer Sourcing – Empowering Micro Entrepreneurs

A fruit vendor in Qayumabad met a fellow fruit vendor from Mandi (wholesale market) and shared his expenses of buying fruits and selling them ahead. The fruit vendor from Mandi told him how heap he bought fruits and urged him to get his stock from the Mandi too. The next day he took the Qayumabad’s vendor to Mandi, introduced him to people around and helped him buy fruits on a cheaper price. This vendor is now very happy as he save Rs500 to Rs600 on an average per day.

Peace Through Prosperity encouraging peer sourcing for progress

Peace Through Prosperity encouraging peer sourcing for progress

Similarly, a street cobbler used to sit on a roadside in Qayumabad to mend shoes and hoped to have a small shop one day so that he can scale up his business. A vegetable vendor informed him of a shop in his area that is available for rent. The cobbler now seeks to get that shop and start his business afresh with a roof over his head.

This is the reason for why what and how for all the queries related to 9Others dinner. It’s an incredible platform for micro entrepreneurs to come together, mingle with like minded people, share their problems and benefit from each others’ experiences and ideas. It provides solutions to their problems and often gives them opportunities they have been looking for. This engagement help produce a network of entrepreneurs empowering their businesses with each other’s help and assistance. Peace Through Prosperity is changing lives of micro entrepreneurs in Pakistan and their success stories can be viewed on

Due to the success of the first 9Others dinner in Qayumabad, Peace Through Prosperity recently hosted another dinner in Korangi 2 bringing a group of cobblers and street vendors together to help each other build a better business model. Similar to the first one, the guests were rather bewildered by the concept of networking for the growth of their business. This is a group of people who spend 14 to 15 hours per day at work, on the streets, trying to meet ends without realizing the importance of peer sourcing solutions for their business related problems. So to make them understand new concepts of business and adopt them in their routine is the biggest challenge. They are disillusioned and skeptic; do not trust the new ideas until you chalk out the entire feasibility report for them and help them mold into the new framework.

In our recent 9Others dinner, a man stood up in the middle of the event and announced that his business is ruined and he is completely finished. He was a samosa vendor but his work suffered such losses in the past few months that he had no money at all. His survival had become a huge question mark as well. It was then that everyone at the dinner decided to help this fellow in need financially so everyone contributed his share to make things better for the samosa vendor. Some gave Rs500 and some Rs1000. By the end of it, he had around Rs10,000 in his hands but he refused to take the money. He felt insulted to ask for financial help from his friends who themselves don’t earn hefty amounts. But he needed help and everyone wanted to share his pain.

Another member from the group, Rasheed, then offered another solution. He was a fruit vendor who used to bring fruits from the Mandi and sell it in the bazaar. He proposed that he will give this man fruits worth Rs20,000 on his responsibility and the man can have a fruit cart instead. Rasheed shared his idea that since Ramadan is just around the corner, fruit business will help him stand on his feet once again. The profits this man would earn daily, he can keep his share and return a fixed amount to Rasheed on a daily basis to get rid off his loan of Rs20,000. This way the man can start a new business and would not even feel it was due to some help from a fellow vendor. This is what 9Others did for him. It not only helped him but also motivated other members to help each other and benefit their own business.

People grasping the basics of running small scale businesses

People grasping the basics of running small scale businesses

Another highlight of 9Others dinner was the acceptance of the new fruit and vegetable vendors by the old ones. In Korangi 2, there was a monopoly of some old vendors who did not allow anyone new to share their space and invade their business. Those old vendors along with the new ones were invited to the dinner where they heard each other and became friends. Because of this new bond, the old vendors allowed some space to the new ones making way for them.

The exchange of ideas between different micro entrepreneurs also helped them come to a conclusion to move around during Ramadan in order to get maximum sale as the people prefer to stay home during fasts and would really make use of the opportunity of purchasing fruits at their doorsteps.

These were the people who did not know each other before the dinner but this small gathering compelled them to exchange mobile numbers to seek support when needed. A very sweet example emerged out of one of the dinners when a fruit vendor had a gathering at his place in celebration of his child’s first birthday. He invited a lot of people and had to arrange for their snacks. He called a samosa/roll vendor whom he had met at 9Others dinner and gave him the order for a huge gathering. This helped the samosa vendor in his business and the fruit seller got snacks on his doorstep at the right time by just making a phone call.

9Others dinner help the people in ways they don’t even realize initially but in the long run, they end up saving money. The foremost thing we instill in them is the fact that we would not help them financially and by coming to these dinners or attending our mini-MBA programs, they will not get any monetary benefits from us. We come to us explaining how poor their condition and bad their business is but we make them understand that they don’t need our help. All they need is some management skills that will help them go a long way. So, we just try to aware them of their weaknesses and assist them in making conscious decisions for a better and brighter future.

Peace Through Prosperity engaging the entrepreneurs of circumstances

Peace Through Prosperity engaging the entrepreneurs of circumstances

Every business needs trust and in order to help them flourish, we needed to build a relationship of friendship and trust too. We give them enough incentives to listen to us and then they are convinced to implement our teachings in their daily lives. This is the success of 9Others dinners when these micro entrepreneurs meet, eat, share their grief, gain from experiences and embark on a path of better employment opportunities.

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