A loan of $1,150 helped to buy scrap iron goods for resale.

Ishfaq's story

Ishfaq is a 40-year-old married man living with his family in the area of Lahore, Pakistan. He is the father of four children. One daughter is married, one daughter has reached the age of marriage, and two sons are still young and go to school.

He owns a scrap shop in which he deals with scrap iron goods. He purchases broken doors, windows, and all damaged iron accessories and sells them to a recycling factory. Sometimes he finds some repairable accessories and those products give him high resale value. Some customers sell their broken iron accessories and do not consider them repairable. Ishfaq repairs such types of accessories and resells them at high prices. In this way he gets high prices in his scrap dealing business. His main source of income is to sell and purchase scrap iron goods. He always keeps searching for houses under construction to buy scrap iron from ceilings, pulled doors and windows. Through this practice he can easily find repairable doors and windows for resale.

A few months ago his elder daughter was married and he spent a lot of money over her dowry. Recently, he found a house under construction and the owner is selling the iron goods, but he does not have sufficient amounts to buy the scrap iron. Therefore, Ishfaq requested a loan so that he could buy scrap iron and could make rapid increase in his income.

Ishfaq hopes that this loan will enhance his earning capacity so that he would be able to make more savings than earlier. Ishfaq seems very glad after taking this loan and says thank to Kiva and to its field partner BRAC Pakistan.

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