Making Something Out Of Nothing – Success Story of NAYMET
Suwaiba Mohammed Amin-Programs Manager A woman energetically packs vegetables in plastic bags, working her way through a long line of customers. She looks happy, while continuously chatting with them, giving concessions to those she knows well, and quickly selling all the vegetables she has brought to the market that day. Her name is Bushra Bibi. The 50 years old Bushra is ignorant lives with her 6 children in Model colony 1, street no 3, Walton Lahore. Her husband helps her at vegetables & fruit shop.
Before taking an Interest free loan from NAYMET Bushra’s family lived a miserable life. Her husband wasn’t any work. As her children grew older, their household finances became less adequate – not being able to provide for the growing needs of her six children, Bushra was stuck between conforming to expectations and providing a better life for her children. For her children’s sake, Bushra was ready to take on the world. Bushra had heard of NAYMET Microfinance through her sister-in-law. A well-wishing cousin had suggested that they should put up a vegetable & fruit stall/shop. Seizing the opportunity, Bushra applied for a loan from NAYMET – once she had received the loan amount of PKR: 15,000/-, Bushra began buying fruit from the Sunday Market, to sell at the stall/shop. It was while she started purchasing vegetables for the shop that she realized she had a talent for bargaining, for interacting with people, and for convincing them to sell to her at the price she wanted.
Bushra is hopeful that within a year, she will be able to buy a big vegetable shop of her own. “I never thought I could be good at being a business woman. NAYMET has taught me that nothing is impossible and that one must believe in one’s potential”, states Bushra.