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I noticed my husband being tensed for a week after he returned from work. I kept inquiring about what is troubling him. He would always walk away by saying its workload. Upon my continuous, insistence for a week, he finally told me that he has problems with his employer at work. The employer takes Rs. 600 for the stitching of each suit and gives him only Rs. 150, while my husband does all the work.
I immediately gave him the idea that he knows his work, he should start his own shop and I will help him, if there is any workload. To which he responded with a laugh. He said, he does not have the money to buy sewing machines and rent a shop. I quietly stood up, brought my gold jewellery and gave it to him. I asked him to get money from the jeweller by selling it. To which he responded in shock and refused to take it. I said to him, “it is my jewellery and it is my decision whether to keep it or sell it. If you do not want it, sell it for me because I want to start a business.” He understood and we started our own business in our village. It worked really good that all my sons had to work with us at shop. We needed more machines and to hire more people. Once again, we needed money for that but I had nothing left to sell. I was told about the LSO that provides interest free loans. Without wasting anytime, I got this loan from the LSO, a Local Support Organisation under the EU funded SUCCESS Programme, and expanded my business. It is very stable now and I don’t have to work. I do house chores and take care of the finances.
I hired two men from poor families in our village and gave them employment. My sons are back in school. Now, all these people including my husband are my employees. My husband, from his own savings is buying me my jewellery back this month.
@SUCCESSinSindh is funded by the European Union in Pakistan and aspires to work exclusively with rural women in 8 districts of Sindh to reduce poverty. It is implemented by Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) Pakistan, NRSP, SRSO and TRDP in eight districts of Sindh, namely: Kambar Shahdadkot, Larkana, Dadu, Jamshoro, Ma