Asia Janwari - 15 year old Student & Entrepreneur
DIL has helped transformed the lives of so many girls in Pakistan and embarked them on a journey of self-actualization. Asia Janwari, a graduate student of DIL Janwri Goth School is one of them. She has demonstrated the true spirit of self-help that our curricuum integrates at every level. Over the last two years, DIL has been supporting graduate students with micorloans. Asia herself opened a shop in her home, after prolonged negotiations with her parents. Now she is an income generating individual in her household.
With the help of her principal, a loan of Rs 5,000 ($50) was arranged for which she used to get going. She is managing her shop very well now and she has upgraded it and stocked it with basic necessities, confectionary and handicraft items which she makes herself including quilting and and embroidery items. Asia is meeting her monthly repayment plan of Rs 1,000 monthly ($10) and has almost paid off the initial loan.
When she was asked about why she initially left school, Asia responded: "My younger sister was diagnosed with heart disease. I left school to help support her medical needs. She is making a promising recovery and is now going to school at the nursery level. I have also decided to continue my studies by enrolling in middle school. I am so much more confident after running the shop and I thnk my teachers for supporting me."