“Due to poor health, I had to quit my job. My unemployment worsened the financial situation of my family. It was then when I thought of doing business. I decided to give it a chance and that chance changed my entire life”, says Farhad
Farhad had worked as a truck driver for almost 31 years, transporting goods across the major cities of Pakistan. Belonging to village Aishe Khel of Landi Kotal in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mr. Farhad is a 49-years old father of nine children. Even though he never had the opportunity to attend school, his only dream was to educate his children.
Due to limited finances, his elder son had to start working as a ticket collector for a local bus after completing secondary school education. In early 2016, Farhad opened a small grocery shop in the guest room of his house. With savings of PKR 80,000, he borrowed some additional money from his relatives to lay the foundation and fill it up with the required goods.
“Initially the income from the shop was very low, I just had enough to bear the minimal kitchen expenses and pay my children’s school fees . Now after three years, I am able to earn PKR 12,000 to 15,000 per month.” Farhad said.