A loan of $1,250 helped a member to buy clothes for her clothes-selling business.

Shamim Aslam Masih Group's story

My name is Shamim and I’m 44 years old. I have resided in Arifwala, Pakistan for the back 22 years. I’m an uneducated lady from a poor family, as my parents were not in a position to educate me and send me to school. I am married to A. M., a worker in a private company. I have two sons and two daughters; my eldest daughter completed her education till the 8th standard and then got a diploma in beauty parlor work. Now she is running a beauty parlor in the house. The others are still in school. I have operated a clothes-selling business in my community for the past 10 years. I have repaid my two previous loans from Asasah (a microfinance institute of Pakistan) and am now applying for a new one to buy more clothes to expand my business.

I’m a group leader of four other women in my locality:

Najma baji wants a loan to buy material (cloth, beads and colored thread) for her decorative embroidery business;

Razia baji wants a loan to buy chairs and razors for her salon;

Zarina baji wants a loan to buy groceries for her grocery shop;

Naseem baji wants a loan to buy sugar and cooking oil for her sweetmeat business.

The funds for this group loan will be distributed among the members, each of whom will invest in her own business. The members guarantee one another's loans, so if one does not repay, the others are responsible.

In this group: Shamim, Najma, Razia, Zarina, Naseem

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