At 48, Shabana looks after a household of nine members. She is married and has four children; a son and three daughters. Her son, who is the eldest of her kids, is married and has two sons of his own. Only her older grandson goes to school, currently. She and her family live under deprived circumstances and are hardly ever able to meet their basic household expenses. There are the earning members in the family, which includes Shabana herself, her husband and her son. Her son is a labourer and manages to make 7,000 rupees monthly. She and her husband collectively operate two individual businesses. Her husband works from home and cuts and shapes glass bangles, while she mainly looks after a confectionaries shop. The combined earnings from both the businesses reach up to 15,000 rupees a month.
Shabana took a loan from Akhuwat, some time ago, to buy a cutting machine for cutting the bangles. Having repaid the first loan and the fact that now their bangle manufacturing business is doing considerably well, Shabana has requested to take out a second loan to expand her confectionaries shop. She is looking to stock the shop in a better way and purchasing a wider selection of confectionaries and snacks to sell. She hopes to increase her income this way and give her family a chance at a better lifestyle.