Indus Earth Trust

Indus Earth works to facilitate a movement to raise living standards by enhancing socio-economic conditions through an integrated development approach which incorporates reduced use of fossil fuels and encourages the exploration of renewable energy, while ensuring the protection of flora, fauna, and marine life.
Nov 23, 2016

Zainab shares her story

Zainab in her beauty parlour
Zainab in her beauty parlour

Zainab, learned Beauty care skills from a salon owned by a lady from Karachi. "The lady was very nice and supportive she taught me a lot of things." But after the trainings Zainab was unable to practise her newly aquired skills due to a lack space and unavailabiltiy of finaces to help her set up her own business. "Indus Earth Trust (IET) helped me get a place, products and furniture for my own salon." Zainab used to earn a mere Rs. 2000-3000 (US$ 20-30) but after her own business was set up she earns between Rs. 6000 going up to 15,000 (US$ 60-150) specially during the wedding season. She is also able to send her son to school and also plans to send her daughter to school when she reaches the school age. 

Aug 23, 2016

Meena - Overcoming the challenges of Disability

Meena with her Asset - sewing machine
Meena with her Asset - sewing machine

Meena’s life is hard. She is a single woman, whose parents are deceased, and she now lives with a widowed sister and her brother in District Thatta, UC Gharo. She worked very hard to earn a living washing and ironing clothes that she collected from the neighborhood. The earing was just enough to cover the cost of their meals twice or thrice a day depending on the amount of laundry they received. Her sister who is educated, gives home tuitions due to having small children, but her earnings are limited as most of her time is spent looking after her small orphaned children. However that is not the only reason why Meena’s life is hard. Meena is disabled.

She has had to struggle all her life for social acceptability. Her physical condition severely affected her earning and living and consequently affected her social interactions. Her disability, a disfigurement in her legs makes movement and walking a very painful experience and thus restricts her ability to go out and seek a livelihood.

Meena received an asset of a Sewing machine and handicraft accessories including beads, mirrors and sequins as part of the LEED Program. Meena used her skills in stitching to launch a home-based stitching business. Along with the stitching business she has also launched an accessories business using the beads and sequins and decorating different items like soap dishes, bottles, combs which are in demand as dowry items especially during the wedding season. Meena has diverted her increased earnings to purchasing further assets, two goats, whose milk she sells and makes further money. The family is now better placed to ensure their health and nutritional needs are taken care of. But more than that Meena has a sense of achievement and a future to look forward to. 

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May 25, 2016

Let there be light first, said the village women

Nasreen displaying her handiwork
Nasreen displaying her handiwork

The problems faced by women in rural Sindh are many, how to increase income and ensure a better life being a primary one. However the increase in income is not possible without the provision of basic infrastructural needs like water, electricity and road access. Indus Earth Trust works on a model of Integrated Development, which identifies the needs of our beneficiaries in a wholistic way and creates projects that respond to their many problems. In this way we ensure developement is real. The villagers of Mir Bahar Hashim decided that increasing health and security of their women and children would greatly effect any income genration effort. IET’s Poverty Score Card survey identified the village as a deserving village Asset Transfer, however the villagers identified the provision of light as the frist step followed by Asset Tasnfer to ensure best results. IET has installed 4 units of Solar Lights in the village and is now getting ready for Asset Transfer. Read the inspiring story and donate to imporve the qulaity of life for the forward thinking women of this village. 

Nasreen is a young mother of one, a two-year old son Faiz Mohammed. Nasreen’s husband makes his living through fishing due to which he is away at night and returns home at day-break. Nasreen’s village like other villages in rural Sindh is located in an isolated area, lacks water and electricity and is cut off from the main highways and settlements due to a dearth of road networks. Nasreen’s nights are thus often spent in fear of attacks by snakes, stray animals and thieves who steal the village livestock and poultry. Nasreen preserves herself and her son by lighting wood fires at night, which are both dangerous and the smoke from the fires cause eye irritation and skin diseases.

Nasreen is extremely happy with the choice of the village based Community Organization to opt for light as the primary intervention. She is now safe from the predators and thieves. Nasreen works under the light of the newly installed solar home lights to create beautiful beadwork and embroidery, which she sells through an agent. Her productivity has increased from two units of hand-embroidered pieces to four. Nasreen now is excitedly awaiting the next stage of IET’s intervention of Asset Transfer so she can further increase her income and send her boy Faiz Mohammed to school. Nasreen feels that without the provision of Solar Light the Asset Transfer scheme would been partially beneficial for her. She can now work after sunset, after she is free from her household chores and her child is sleeping.  She also feels her earnings will be solely diverted to more productive use as her child and her are already enjoying better health due to the absence of the smoke of the wood fires.

Nasreen plans to expand her bussiness
Nasreen plans to expand her bussiness
the light of her life, her son.
the light of her life, her son.
 
   

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