I CHANGE HER LIFE proudly announces the inauguration of state-of-art vocational training center for females. Based in Mardan, the centre is equipped with latest embroidery and sewing machines and can accommodate up to groups of 300 plus women. The centre reflects stupendous progress in the field of gender development in Pakistan. The Center hopes to cater to women and girls residing in nearby villages and will focus on training, mobilization and capacity building of underprivileged women.
I CHANGE HER LIFE
Social Business Enterprise. The organization has two distinct divisions:
NON- PROFIT AND FOR-PROFIT.
The non-profit unit deals with mobilization and capacity building of women and girls living in *underprivileged communities. *(World Poverty Index describes underprivileged as persons living under $2/per day). The non-profit enterprise receives donations from donors to conduct well-executed skill-based training programs based on 5 different modules:
- Embroidery/ stitching
- Computer training
- Management training
- Agriculture/ culinary training
The training program is divided into three parts and lasts for 5 to 6 weeks. At the end of training program, each woman is awarded a certificate of completion and a complementary tool kit.
I Change Her Life closely monitors all aspects of workshops and collects data before and after workshops to measure social impact for research purposes.
The training consists of 2-day induction program conducted by Founder Dr. Ambreen Zaman Riaz. Induction program covers civic and social responsibilities, hygiene, and healthcare and uses NeuroLinguistic programming AND LIFE COACH TRAINING to create long-term behavioral modifications.
Followed by 4 to 5 weeks of training in groups of 5 to 10 women focused on module of their choice.
Women receive certificates and encouraged to start their own businesses with micro loans or join I Change Her Life sister company ICHL-Studio for relevant work. Most women become activists in their respective communities and help to spread the positive vibe
Data collection is an important part of our non-profit work. Data helps us to understand the needs of communities we are serving and helps us to modify our training programs to suit the needs of women and create greater social impact. We have currently started using PROGRESS OUT OF POVERTY INDEX (PPI) tools and international metrics to measure poverty and create better solutions.
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Shafaq is sharing her story with us:
“I was very young when I got married. I was only about sixteen or seventeen. Before meeting I Change Her Life (www.ichangeherlife.com) community development officers, I never went out of the house. A lot of changes took place after the workshops conducted by I Change Her Life. My friends and I made a group and started working together and talking about our personal problems. We started sharing our embroidery techniques and ideas and from this, we have started earning money. The training we received has taught us how much time we need to spend on different projects and what sewing techniques work best. We can finish work on time and earn $6 OR $8 per hour- this is good income and obviously a benefit!
I had no confidence in my abilities and myself but after getting connected to I Change Her Life, I felt I could challenge myself to achieve my goals. One of my biggest goals was to send my two daughters to school. The community officers really worked with us and gave us faith in our capabilities. We can create social change and also discuss the problems we face. We have a voice in the village.”
Perveen met ‘I Change Her Life’ Case studies community development officers and field specialists during a workshop conducted near her village. She was intrigued and wanted to know more about what ICHL had to offer. She convinced her friend to attend the skill-development workshop and ended up being a part of ICHL project.
Parveen is a skilled, hard-working 38-year-old single woman. She has sacrificed her happiness for her family. She is an orphan and after her father’s death, she started supporting her family financially. She is their only breadwinner. She shouldered the responsibility of looking after her entire clan. Hence, her life took a backseat.
Parveen wants to establish a vocational center, but currently, she is facing a major hurdle. She is living in a 2 bedroom house one of which is occupied by her elder brother and his family. She cannot utilize her house as a center.
She wants to earn money as well as train other girls on embroidery and stitching on low payments especially for those who cannot afford high dues.
HOW SHE IS CHANGING HER LIFE
She is skilled in stitching and hand embroidery. She does embroidery and stitching on low payments but struggles a lot for supporting her family.
ICHL is supporting her by providing sufficient cash for work. She is very happy as she considers ICHL as a source of encouragement and a hope for her.
‘I Change Her Life’ is sharing the stories of courageous women and girls who are working against an oppressive social system to seek better future for themselves and their families.
Today, we are telling the story of Huma Ali. In words of Huma
” Sometimes I think that happiness is not for poor people who cannot fulfill their basic needs, but for rich people only who can do everything and can buy anything with money”.
I CHANGE HER LIFE HEROES SAGA
‘I CHANGE HER LIFE’ IS SHARING THE STRUGGLES AND DIFFICULTIES FACED BY WOMEN AND GIRLS THAT THE ORGANIZATION CURRENTLY SUPPORTS THROUGH ITS CAMPAIGN TO EMPOWER WOMEN. WE CREATE AWARENESS AGAINST GENDER VIOLENCE, FORCED EARLY MARRIAGES, HONOR KILLINGS, SOCIAL STIGMATISM AGAINST DIVORCEES AND EDUCATION FOR GIRLS.
WHO IS SHE:
Marital status: Divorcee
Skill: Tread work, mirror work, kuresha work, appliqué work, moti work, sitara work, taar kasha
When times are difficult and a sacrifice needs to be made why do we always expect it from females? This short story is not about every female, it is Akhtar Bibi and other females like her.
Akhtar Bibi is now twenty-five years old.When she was eleven, her parents compelled her to get married to her cousin who was an epilepsy patient, with a mother was also ill. Akhtar Bibi was expected to take to take on the responsibility of caring for them. Akhtar Bibi parents were under the impression that her aunt needed her assistance, so she was forced to get married to her cousin.
How could parents be so cruel and force her to do the unexpected? It is not just a story, but a bitter reality of Akhtar’s life. Can you imagine the impact this has on a child at only the age of eleven, she got married and got divorced, all within three months?
She joined a vocational skills center to keep herself busy, to continue her studies, and did matric as a private candidate. Then she started teaching in a small community school on 3000 PKR per month. She proved to be a very brave person. Just when she started to feel stronger, her father broke her spirit once again by leaving his family. Her father married another lady and started living with her leaving his family behind.
Akhtar and her siblings lived as orphans for ten years. After this long time, Akhtar’s family received unfortunate news from her stepmother about her father’s heart problem. He was admitted to a hospital and was waiting for someone to support him in arranging funds to cover the price of heart surgery. During this time, his second wife left him and informed Akhtar’s family that they should arrange money for his surgery, and also provide care for him.
Akhtar’s mother and brothers gather money by selling their private assets and by borrowing money from relatives. Her father is now home on bed rest.
HOW SHES CHANGING HER LIFE
At this time, Akhtar is a skilled female and is good at stitching and hand embroidery. She is currently training to become a beautician. She also wants to establish her own vocational skill center, but currently does not have sufficient resources.
I Change Her Life just took a brave step to support Akhtar and other women like her to utilize their potentials and enhance their livelihoods.
Social Business is an enigma to most people. Despite the recent increase in the hybrid form of businesses that combine aspects of non-profit and for-profit, there is ambiguity regarding how Social Businesses actually work.
I Change Her Life has created a visual representation of the business model to make it easy to follow and understand.