A loan of $1,250 helped a member to expand and improve her husband's business by purchasing more seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Naseem Akhtar M.iqbal Group's story

Naseem Akhtar baji is a 31-year-old, married, extremely active lady. She resides in the city of Borewala in Pakistan, and she is the mother of five children (four boys and one daughter), all of whom are enrolled in a local school in her neighborhood. Naseem baji’s husband name is M., and he is a fruit-seller by profession. More specifically, he buys seasonal fruit from the fruit market at wholesale prices, and later sells such fruit on a cart in his community. Further, he has been selling seasonal fruits for the past 5 years.

Naseem Akhtar baji independently operates a wood-selling business, which she started for the benefit of her children because she wants to provide them with a good education and a good name in their society. Notably, Naseem baji has already successfully repaid one loan from Asasah, a microfinance institution in Pakistan. Now she is applying for another loan to buy more seasonal fruits and seasonal vegetables to expand her husband’s business.

She is joined in her loan group by four other members: Jamila baji seeks a loan to buy groceries for her grocery shop; Hanifan baji requests a loan to buy cosmetics for her cosmetics sales business; Kalsoom baji is in need of a loan to buy electric supplies (e.g., wires and switchboards) for her electric appliance shop; and Shakooran baji would like a loan to buy an auto-rickshaw (a local, three-wheeled motor vehicle). This is a group loan; as such, the loan proceeds will be distributed amongst the group members, each of whom will invest in her own business. Importantly, the group members mutually guarantee one another's loans; as a result, if one group member does not repay her portion of the loan, then the other members are responsible for curing the arrears.

In this group: Naseem Akhtar, Jamila Begum, Hanifan, Kalsoom, Shakooran

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