This group of women would-be entrepreneurs have lived a bit of life, but unfulfilled ones and are desperate to turn their situation around. They are some of the most inspiring women we've ever met. Despite hardships, despite age, despite often lack of family support, they are determined to build a better life for themselves.
Meet Seema. She's 38. Has four children. Divorced. Parents have died. Her ex-husband has now moved cities, remarried and started a second family and just isn't very available for their kids. At first, she assumed he would continue to support them but payments slowly stopped and she became scared.
At first, she tried to convince him to not miss payments, but soon realized she would have to take the situation in her own hands.
For the first time in her life, she thought about how to make money. She had limited education and even less business experience. She wasn't very hireable for high enough paying jobs at her age, having never worked before.
So, she thought about selling clothes. She had always made her own clothes, like many women in Pakistan do, using the readily available and very affordable tailors. She enjoyed making clothes and was good at it. However, she didn't know how to start it as a business. She understood price points and was thrifty making use of extra fabrics and so forth. She started to invite friends and friends of friends to her place to see and buy her clothes. What she didn't know is how to scale this further? Also, when she would have enough for a shop, how to hire people to work for her there.
This is where the training and development is so critical.
This is where you come in.
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