At the age of 42, Shakeela is a relentlessly hard working person. She runs a small business of sewing curtains used in rickshaws. She has been doing this work for over 15 years and manages to make 5,000 rupees in a month. However, for a long time, she has been unable to grow her business to her lack of resources and her family’s poor living conditions. Shakeela is married and has five children, only two of them go to school. They reside in a small town in interior Sindh called Tandoo Allah Yar. Her husband is a stone mason and earns around 8,000 rupees per month, while her eldest son works as a labour and makes 6,000 rupees monthly.
The collective income of Shakeela’s household is barely able to satisfy her family’s basic needs. After getting to know about Akhuwat, she sees a ray of hope of improving her income. She has requested for a loan of 20,000 rupees that she will use to buy some fabric and other stitching supplies. She can then increase her output and make a considerable increase in her sales and profits.