Parveen Anwar is 35 and married. She lives with her husband and five children in the small town of Tandoo Allah Yar in interior Sindh. Four of her five children are receiving education. Both she and her husband work to earn an income for their family. Her husband provides shuttering services to under-construction houses; he earns around 15,000 rupees monthly. Parveen, on the other hand, sews bed linens and covers to sell to local households as well as retailers. She earns a mere 3,000 rupees per month, on average.
Now, in order to increase her revenues, Parveen has decided to expand her business. She has applied for a loan that will enable her to buy additional quantities and types of fabric. She will then be able to increase her output as well as profits. Parveen hopes to improve her earnings to contribute a better sum towards her family’s overall income.