Rubina, an entrepreneurial spirit
Rubina lives in a small village near Hawkesbay, Karachi and is a mother of 5 daughters.
She was identified as a beneficiary through Indus Earth Trust’s Poverty Score Card survey, which gauges the economic conditions of people before giving them any asset. Rubina’s husband was a daily wage earner whose income was severely affected due to the violence in the areas surrounding Lyari and Mauripur. Erratic law and order situation in the area meant that Rubina and her family including twins girls, one of whom had a heart condition, often went without sufficient food.
For Rubina the asset transfer of 4 goats meant a new lease on life. Blessed with an entrepreneurial mind, Rubina used the assets to transform her life. The village suffers from lack of fresh water supply and infrastructure. Villagers have to spend meager incomes in buying water. However they also had another limitation, that of storing the water.
By selling the offspring of her goats she raised enough money to construct a water storage facility for the villagers. Charging the villagers for the storage and supply of water she raised more money and bought her husband a motorcycle. This meant that her husband was no longer dependent on the public transport system, which would be shut down due to violence and could get to work regularly thereby being able to earn a more regular income. The villagers were able to have a sustained supply of fresh drinking water.
Rubina also uses the milk from her goats for her daughters. One of the twins, Sajda has a heart problem and needs surgery. The milk from the goats provides her with much needed nourishment. Previously she needed to buy milk from the market. Now the milk from the goats is suffice. Rubina’s aim now is to get together enough money to get treatment for Sajda.
Rubina has now enrolled her elder daughter Bina in a local school and she is in class 4. She hopes to become a teacher and teach other children of her village. Bina informs me that she is grown up and does not need to drink milk but likes the milky tea her mother makes for her in the evenings. She helps her mother with the household chores, kneads dough and makes chappatis for the family. Bina loves her goats but gets sad when the mother sells the goats. Her favorite goat is the “one that looks like a deer.” Even though Bina feels sad when the goats are sold she is right now looking forward to new additions to the flock.
Two of Rubina’s goats are going to give birth. For Bina it means new pets to look after and love but for Rubina it might mean the surgery Sajda desperately needs.
Rubina with her girls
Fighting for her daughter Sajda's survival
A positive outlook
Bina helps with household chores