Amber Khalid realized her ambitions by taking an interest free loan from AGAHE Pakistan three years ago, and now runs a successful stitching and training center out of Chowk Sithar, Kot Addu. Not to mention that she further diversified her business interests by setting up an electric store and repairing shop for her husband. In the spirit of giving back to the community, she also trains young girls on various types of designing and embroidery works.
Looking back, Amber’s husband was an electrician, taking on petty repairing works in the neighborhood, commuting on his bicycle all day long. Unable to earn regularly, times were tough, with many episodes of skipped meals and malnutrition. So much so that when she was expecting, he did not have money to feed her well. The resulting depression had a severe toll on Amber’s health, who had to get a CT scan done, but only after her husband had borrowed 20,000 from relatives. Such was life for Amber and her family of four.
Upon recovery and successful birth of her child, Amber made a pledge to salvage the family once and for all, and after consulting with her husband, she acquired an interest free loan from AGAHE Pakistan to set up a permanent shop for him in Sanawan city, which is a popular junction on the crossroads between Kot Addu and Muzaffargarh. While she looked after the new born during the first cycle, her husband worked hard and ended up hiring two assistants to manage the workload. During the second year, Amber took another loan and set up her own stitching business, something she wanted to do for a very long time. Both enterprises are able to generate 70-80 thousand worth of revenue every month, with savings of 30-35 thousand.
This investment over a span of just three years has set the precipice for many prosperous years ahead. Amber is taking good care of her children while running her business, which occasionally also employs four to five girls during festive seasons. She voluntarily trains many young girls about the art of stitching and embroidery, and plans to further expand her business to the flourishing markets of Kot Addu and Multan with the next loan.