May 2017: Introductory sessions of project Khud Mukhtar – a business idea competition for persons with disabilities, was conducted by Program Yaqeeen across Karachi to spread awareness and elicit registrations and business plans.
NOWPDP is thankful to ABSA School for the Deaf, Lasani Welfare Organization, MALC and IBA Karachi for arranging and supporting these sessions. 200+ individuals were reached through multiple sessions in the month of May and 100+ business plans received from individuals with physical, hearing and speech and visual impairment in individual and group form.
In the words of a potential entrepreneur with physical impairment – Razi who attended the KhudMukhtar session, “Persons with disabilities can do anything – you must possess this thinking. For example I know tailoring and want to pursue it as a business, training and employing persons with disabilities in the process as well. It’s not just about progressing in our careers but also doing something for our families and choosing a different employment path (self-employment). Everyone must try.”
The next phases will be mentorship followed by the final business pitches.