Self-Sustainable projects are designed to help those in desperate poverty generate a self sustaining income that allows them to break the poverty cycle and help provide for their families. Our vision is not just to provide short tearm relief but real long term solutions which will allow individuals and families to live an independent and self sustable life. MiN volunteers in Pakistan have identified many cases where we were able to help provide long-term solutions that enabled these needy families to live independently.
Meet baba Nazir, an old man with no home and a son who suffered from severe mental health. Living with relatives who were already suffering from poverty, Abdullah felt like a burden on them. MiN heard of this case, and were able to provide Abdullah with a cow. This would allow Abdullah to not just provide his family with sustenance but also generate a small income. When our team on the ground went to deliver the good news to Abdullah, although he was overwhelmed by the kind gesture, something was bothering him. Sadly due to his family taking a loan they couldn't pay back on time, the ''loan shark'' had held his granddaughter as a slave, using her to work day and night and mentally, emotionally and physcially abusing her until their debt was cleared. What seemed like a simple project now turned into a child rescuing mission for our teams on the ground. MiN made all efforts to clear the debts, rescued the young girl and provided Abdullah with long-term support. The granddaughter was provided this emotional and mental support and we have further plans to open a womens and girls centre for girls which will offer these services, education and skills for life to our vulnerable sisters in Pakistan.
Widowed or divorced, left alone to fend for themselves and their children with no means of an income, MiN provided sisters who are not able to get an education or work with the chance to earn an income from home.
MiN provided these vulnerable and poverty-stricken families with livestock such as chickens, cockerels and goats, which meant they now have the means to support themselves and their children.
There was the case of a middle-aged gentleman named Abdul Waheed who struggled to make ends meet. He was the sole provider of his family and his 3 blind sisters.
He sold vegetables on a cart but in order to generate more income he needed to purchase in-season fruit, with no extra money this seemed impossible to Abdul Waheed to achieve. MiN were able to provide him with financial assistance as well as help to expand his variety of fruit and vegetables. This meant he was able to earn more and allowed him to pay for his daughters’ education and help provide for all his family with living conditions.
With these long-term and self-sustainable solutions, MIN has been able to rebuild these lives and give them back their dignity and independence for years to come.