In a poor and deprived area of Pakistan, Atia Bibi lives as a single woman within a family of eight. There is no access to education or training in the area where they live, leaving the youth, especially the girls, with no opportunity to work outside the home and support their families. As a result, Atia and family were stuck in poverty without the ability to educate or send the children to school.
Fortunately, AKF Handicraft Training Centre in Dharama Dera Ghazi Khan provided Atia with the opportunity to receive free training in handicrafts, allowing her to receive formal education in all aspects of textile work, including training in sewing, knitting, embroidery and pattern cutting.
However, our involvement didn’t end here. When Atia finished the six-month course, she not only received a certificate of completion, but she was also gifted with a sewing machine. This empowered Atia and gave her the chance to put her new skills to productive use and financially support herself and her family.
With her new handicraft skills and sewing machine, Atia’s life has been transformed. She was able to set up a small training centre at her home where she teaches handicrafts to the girls of her village. Her crafts have allowed her to start earning a much-needed income and raise her family our of poverty by making clothing for the local community.
Atia has even facilitated the education of her two brothers by paying their tuition fees, as well as supporting her family with her respectable earnings through the clothing that she creates.
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