Zuhra is 36 years old and lives in the small town of Latifabad, situated in Hyderabad, Sindh. She is married and a mother of four children. She has two sons and two daughters; three of her kids attend school while the youngest is not of school going age. Her husband has a blue collar job as a mechanic. His income is subject to the kind and amount of work he can find. Nevertheless, it is hardly enough for a family six members. In order to help out her husband, Zuhra works from home by making traditional bangles. These bangles are made of glass; Zuhra’s job is to shape and append bangles on the flame. This work is given to her by a contractor and she gets only 12 rupees for a sack of bangles; one sack contains 300 bangles. This takes a normal person about half an hour if they work constantly.
Zuhra is obligated to such tiresome work as they have no other source of income. She has to provide her children with the bare minimum of appropriate care. It is her persistence that allows her to endure such adverse working conditions. After her intense hard work, she is only able to earn about 5,000 rupees in a month. But she is helpless as her husband’s work is highly unpredictable and he is able to earn only 10,000 rupees per month on average. Zuhra has requested for a loan of worth PKR 20,000 to buy own material and directly supply bangles in market.