Rani is a 56 year-old woman who is still very active for her age. She lives in a small city called Riawind. Riawind is located in the Punjab province of Pakistan and is famous for its religious festivals.
Rani is married to M. S. who runs a grocery shop in a local market. He started this business five years ago and during this time he has faced both hard and good times. However, he has overcome problems with strong beliefs and struggle.
Rani is the mother of five children: four sons and one daughter. All of them are illiterate because they couldn’t get education due to financial crises. Things are different now as all of them, except her daughter, do different kind of jobs to support the family.
Rani’s eldest son sells timbers. The next eldest works in a motor workshop. The third son has a business selling mobile phones in a shop in the market and the youngest son is an employee in a factory on a monthly wage.
Rani herself is involved in the milk-selling business. She has a buffalo at her home which produces 6-8kg milk everyday and she sells it to her neighborhood clients. She sells 1kg for 45 PKRs and, on average, she earns 360 PKRs everyday.
She has applied for a loan from Kiva partner Asasah for her husband’s business. With the loan amount he will buy groceries in bulk which will enable him to fulfill the needs of his customers and to earn a better income.
Note: In this photo, Rani is standing with one of her sons in her husband's grocery shop.