Tuesday, September 15, 2009

28 years old Anees Gulzar is living a happy life with his family in the village Pakgali, Union council Hurnamera, Rawalakot – AJK, Pakistan Four years ago on Oct 8, 2009 an earthquake dazed all his future plans. In aftermath of earthquake, ruin of his house and destroyed shop was remained which was the only mean of livelihood. “At that time we were helpless and dismayed about how to save our lives” he said mournfully. After one year his father was died and hence Anees felt the responsibility of his family and took charge of his damaged business. He visualized the situation and worked very hard to restore his damaged business. In the meantime, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) has completed its immediate assessment and identified the most affected and vulnerable areas damaged by the earthquake. Helping Hand has also acknowledged the area of Pakgali, Rawalakot and starts providing assistance to the vulnerable families in shape of interest free micro-finance. The sole initiative was taken to refurbish the small scale businesses and to support the effected population economically.

Helping Hand has formed village market committees for interest-free micro financing and business guidelines. Anees become the member of his village market committee and requested for an interest free loan. Thus, soon after the request he got the amount and then extended his retail shop by adding commodities like vegetables. By passage of time, he realized a valuable change in his business. An increase in his sales and monthly income cheers him up and he praised and thanked Helping Hand for the assistance and its economic empowerment program. “I add up an amount of Rs. 5000 per month after extending my shop by including more commodities” he said. Now, I am living a happy life with my family. He further requested, Helping Hand to provide assistance in terms of small entrepreneur management trainings and financial assistance to scale up his income.

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