Pakistan is a developing country with its population facing many challenges of poverty, unequal distribution of resources and wealth, helplessness and deprivation. Chronic economic downturn in Pakistan on account of myopic policies, lack of management skills on the part of the planners and half-equipped implementation bodies have pushed more than 40 % population below the poverty line. The World Bank’s Task Force on Food Security in its report of 2008-09 put poverty in Pakistan to be at 36.1%. The latest assessments add at least 20 million more people to this club of have-nots.
The figures now illustrate that poverty has increased more than 40%, the majority of those adversely affected live in rural areas. The poorest households are compelled to spend as much as 78% of their income on food and other most essential needs of their lives. Health and education are already compromised. The World Bank Poverty and Shared Prosperity Report 2018 has noted that from 2010-2015 the growth of incomes of the bottom 40% in Pakistan has been merely 2.7% whereas the growth in incomes of the average population was recorded at 4.3%.
As per UNDP report on Human Development, on account of Inequality adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI), Pakistan did not perform well as with an IHDI of 0.386 in 2018, Pakistan suffered a loss of 31.1% due to inequality in the distribution of HDI dimension indices. In comparison, Pakistan had a higher percentage of inequality in the health and education dimension as compared to the average of South Asia and other medium HDI countries. The above rationale indicates that interventions have to be launched through livelihood interventions that can help families out of poverty and start moving towards a sustainable lifestyle.
The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) has pointed to some key factors that make a person more at risk of being in poverty such as unemployment, low levels of education and skills, gender, disability or ill-health, being a member of minority ethnic groups and lastly, living in a remote or disadvantaged community. Governments must ensure to formulate policies which address to remove societal inequalities in terms of economic opportunities for these particular groups. Growth which is sustainable, broad based and inclusive and which provides a chance for everyone to benefit from it can lead to reduction in poverty levels.
This project aims at enabling poverty struck families to improve their monthly household income by providing the micro-entrepreneur with support in terms of goods, services and/or advisory that would facilitate in creating linkages and adoption to new methods to compete locally and even internationally. The aim of the project is to enable micro entrepreneurs of all age groups to earn a decent income with dignity.
Moreover, the program will also help immensely to build the capacity of the business units so they are able to grow their businesses by giving employment to unemployed in their communities.
Currently we are carrying out following projects to address the above issue in Pakistan.
Sewing Machine Distribution.
Ching Chi Rickshaw Distribution.