Palwasha, a young woman from Karachi, received training from INJAZ Pakistan under the Women’s Economic Empowerment programme. This training inspired Palwasha to start her own enterprise. As she was a good cook, she decided to develop a food delivery enterprise with only the capital of PKR 3,000 in her personal savings.
Her first order of eight lunch boxes was delivered to Aman Foundation employees and her skills were very well appreciated. Her initially small-scale business soon gained momentum and she started receiving more orders on a daily basis. With increasing numbers of delivery orders and the signing of a food delivery vendor contract with offices, she hired one assistant as the first employee of her enterprise.
During the last two years, she has not only been able to sustain her business, but also created employment opportunities for four women as well. She states that “Cooking is one of the basic skills for women and if I can utilise my skill to earn, then other women can also do the same with little savings and management skills.”
Our multimillion-pound Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme in Pakistan is funded by the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. We are equipping more than 12,000 marginalised women with the skills, materials and opportunities to get work and grow their own businesses.