Twelve years Aisha belongs to a family who, due to dire circumstances migrated to Peshawar from southern Punjab and set up an encampment near Peshawar.
The main source of income for such families to either do menial jobs or beg on the streets. More, unfortunately, it is the young children who do the begging. We came to know her first in early 2019 when we established a make-shift school in their encampment. She was one of the more regular students at the school. She was so excited about her education that out of the money she collected, she saved enough to buy a nice school bag.
Then her education came to a halt for two reasons: The COVID-19 and the demolition of the encampment by the local authorities. For several months
the family disappeared.
Her family reappeared near Peshawar. It is said that she pressed her family to come to Peshawar so that she could continue her education.
The entrepreneurial efforts
There is another side to her staunch personality: She does not like to beg on the streets. So, recently she started selling face masks on the streets. We are pleased to have her back, and we will do our best to help her continue her education and in her spare time, continue her entrepreneurial efforts. We have discussed giving her a small grant to expand her merchandise. We have high hopes for her, and we want to be there for her to get her wherever she wants to go.