At 54, Shaheen Akhtar is married and has three children; two sons and a daughter. Her kids are aged between 29 to 17, but none of them goes to school. She is a resident of Hyderabad city. There are a total of three earning hands in her family. Since both her sons are adult, they work to contribute to the family’s income. One of them is a rickshaw driver and earns about 7,000 rupees monthly, while the other one works at a private job, making around 10,000 rupees per month.
Shaheen herself runs a small clothing enterprise from her home. she sells women’s unstitched fabrics from home, to the women in her neighborhood. She purchases the fabric from wholesale markets in Faisalabad, Punjab. Her monthly proceeds from the sales of the clothes are only 4,000 rupees per month. She now wishes to increase her profits and earn more for her family. She has, therefore, requested for a loan of 20,000 rupees to invest in her business. She needs to purchase cloth to sell. She would also like to purchase a wider variety of fabrics to attract more customers. Shaheen is highly optimistic that she can increase her profits significantly and provide a sizable income to fulfil her family’s needs.