As I sat today at work looking at all the stories and reading about their business, it struck to me how detached I am to all these people and their story is just like many others. And a sudden feeling of sadness came over me.
Human-How easily we express all that is, the brilliance, the diversity, struggle, pain, happiness by this word!
I am working in the development sector and i am newbie learning new thing everyday. But my studies have prepared me for this and I enjoying my time.
Today my task was to go through the success stories of few people from the marginalized community of Punjab, Pakistan. I read one and moved to the other. And sometime had to read few twice for better understanding. It seemed normal that how one after the other these people applied for Micro-credit loan and successfully established a business or achieved stability. I didn’t stop there and studied few from the internet. All written in simple language and short paragraphs showed how they did it.
It was until I read the story of a women ‘Rasheeda Bibi’ that I stopped and thought! really thought what those money would have meant for her. Little information was given about her. She is 42 and her husband has a cart on which he transports people and material to get some money. They have three children eldest of which is 7 years old. She applied for loan and started farming vegetables and later sold them to generate some revenue. She expressed her gratitude for this Loan fund through which she now has a mean to sustain her life.
How simple right! But imagine her pain of not having enough food to take care of her children. Imagine the fear that she might have had before applying and after getting the loan. She might have thought how she would be able to return the money. And just wonder how much she would have worked on her own with her husband as her only support in the farms. praying everyday from ploughing till the harvest. imagine her worries and pain that she faced!
Today we have internet to flood us with stories such as this and we have become accustomed to hearing and forgetting about them without any feeling we scroll down.
But her story doesn’t end as a person suffered but one who triumphs over it. She successfully started selling her farm vegetables. And is planning to do more farming and spread her business.
“If we are not willing to change, no one else can do it for us”.
Rasheeda Bibi is a fierce lady in village where women have limited opportunity. She has proved herself and now her family is going toward stability. And many others would follow her.