Our goal is to promote women empowerment by providing them opportunities to manage their own resources and to be self-reliant, as the participation of women in mainstream development means providing greater opportunities and accessibility for them to make their own decisions and uplift their status in the society. Our Enterprise Development Training program has suffered a huge setback due to the pandemic. Our three trainings planned for 2020 had to be postponed. We are planning to resume our Enterprise Development Trainings by December as life returns to normal gradually. To ensure that our participants are vaccinated, we are reaching out to the communities though our awareness campaigns and information flyers.
We are facilitating our women entrepreneurs who are running their businesses by providing them space in our schools to set up their stalls over the weekends.
Thank you, donors for helping us to continue creating an environment where learning is possible
It has been a very difficult year for our women entrepreneurs. The pandemic has had severe consequences on women-owned small businesses. But thanks to the generosity of our supporters and donors, their dreams were saved from falling apart.
With the pandemic under control and as life gradually returns to normal, while most of them are still struggling to get back on their feet, some are now able work to build their future for themselves, their families and their communities. It is so heartening to see them overcoming the obstacles they faced during the pandemic. They are now able to restart and run their businesses.
Rohina and Saeeda are back into their kitchens, taking orders and supplying food boxes to their customers in their communities. Waheeda and Sundus are back to ordering dresses from wholesalers and selling them from their respective houses to their neighbors who gladly come to purchase them as it saves them the hassle of going to the market in this hot weather.
We hope they continue to run and grow their business beyond the Covid-19 crisis.
Thank you for standing with us to keep their dreams alive!
The pandemic and lockdown measures have led to postponement of Moqah Foundation’s three Enterprise Trainings scheduled for 2020. Women have been extraordinarily affected following tremendous disruption in their lives. We are slowly learning about the hardships confronting women as a result of the pandemic. Our team has been working to ensure that women are able to remain resilient during and following the crisis.
With the reopening of all educational, technical and vocational institutions, the training team conducted an orientation session on 28 February 2021, focusing on women’s economic empowerment with some promising approaches. including provision of training in business strategies with emphasis on business resilience versus growth, building foundational skills that better equip women. The aim of the session was to create awareness and motivate the participants to attend the upcoming enterprise development workshop. The participants discussed the challenges facing them, and brainstormed ways to overcome them.
The number of participants was reduced to less than half, to ensure social distancing to control the spread of virus, taking extra care for the safety of our participants and training staff.
We are hoping that with the reduction in Covid-19 cases and the possibility of returning to full normal activity in the near future, we will be able to resume our trainings.
Thank you for supporting us and being our partners in helping women to overcome the challenges they face, improving their mental health and their standard of living.
As COVID-19 capsizes financial markets, our women entrepreneurs who had just started their businesses, are struggling to stay afloat. The pandemic has disproportionately affected these impoverished women who remain quarantined without any social or financial support. They are facing increased chances of living in poverty as a result of losing their businesses. With household resources scarce, capital that would normally be used their businesses has to be reallocated to other purposes, driven by domestic dynamics.
An approach to fighting the virus means supporting these communities most at risk of infection and economic consequences. We are doing everything we can to alleviate damage from the pandemic and continue to support them by investing in their entrepreneurial ventures. Some are supplying and selling food items to schools in the neighborhood, among our staff members and the community, while one of them, who was sewing clothes, is now sewing masks and selling them in the neighborhood.
Our committed donors and volunteers continue to provide food rations as they go door to door where these women live, with words of encouragement from a six-foot distance, at the same time marketing their products.
We request our donors to take strong actions to build back better by helping channel funds to underserved women and financing women-owned businesses.
We all are going through challenging and turbulent times as we deal with the pandemic. Lockdowns have caused economic despair and despondency in our communities. It is saddening to hear of food shortage and hardships from women who had graduated and had either launched their businesses or were preparing for self-employment. There is uncertainty and fear for the future as most earning members of the family have lost their jobs. They have few savings and cannot afford to store food. They are facing devastating consequences as there is very little or no income which directly relates to missing meals, yet too proud or afraid to ask for help
In our attempt to help these women facing severe hardship, and with the facilitation of volunteers, we distributed food ration bags containing flour, rice, cooking oil, grains, sugar, tea and condensed milk, along with hand washing soap and masks, observing all social distancing measures.
As we plan to embark on our next relief mission, we request you to stand with us in providing relief to these families suffering in times of distress.
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