Abida Khatoon is married and lives in Karachi. She belongs from a middle class family. Her husband is an average blue collar worker and earns a bare minimum wage from his hours of work. She was hardly ever able to meet her household expenses. All her children were in schools and she had to look after their educational expenses as well. But determined as she was, to improve her living conditions, and give her children a sound future; she started working from her home as a seamstress. However, she did not have enough money or resources to help her fund her business properly.
Then Abida’s friend told her all about Akhuwat and she decided to apply for a loan. She received a loan of 15,000 rupees the first time and bought a new sewing machine. She started sewing clothes for women in her locale. Her income improved gradually and she applied for a second loan. This time she received 20,000 rupees. She now started sewing women’s fancy and festive clothes as well. Her work eventually gained popularity and she was able to make a significant impact on her household earnings. Abida has now requested for a loan for the third time to help her meet the needs of the customers in a better way and to purchase materials and supplies accordingly. She is currently very satisfied and content with her situation, her children are in better schools and she provides a sizable income to meet their needs.