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Dreams to Come True

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The dream of Lekhraj Kolhi are small and ceratin for him-selves and his family. Being only earning member of the family he had to strive for meal and butter whether on daily wages or after every crop yield. He was evenly managing all the requirements of his family. He dreamed of his own business and in traditional way the business requires investment, which he couldn’t manage from his micro scale earning. He had knowledge of sewing cloths and some how he knew the traditional designing of male and female cloths due to his first home based training. He told the PDI team “I learned sewing cloths from my mother and enabled me to become a tailor, having the dream of becoming a professional tailor I had to purchase machinery and raw material, but due to burden of feeding my family I could not purchase for several year”. He added “Purchasing the assets was the first part while I had to give proper time to the business, which was becoming a hindrance for my daily wages, so I couldn’t”.

He was obvious to do even a small start from limited income available. He was already determined and his vision purely came up when he was told about PDIs meeting for villagers. Mr Kolhi experienced the potential in him and asked PDI for his guidance. He already had a lot in his mind but he was given direction and support.

Participatory Development Initiatives team of project came to their village and introduced them the project called Leadership in Sustainable Economic Revival and Networking (LERN) supported by Trocaire at Umarkot District of Sindh Province, Pakistan.  PDI though enabled the people to revisit their earning directives and enabled them to understand the business through its “Five Days Enterprise Development Training for Farmer Organization”.

Mr Kolhi was then organized his priorities and managed to make some random changes in his daily life. He enabled him-selves to understand the importance of his likelihood to become a tailor at his village Atta Mohammad Palli. He first took part to form a farmer organization, he was elected finance secretary of “Jewan” the farmer organization.

Mr Kolhi was becoming a realistic to start a small scale intervention and making his dream to come true. Now he understands what gives him most profitable income out of his knowledge and wisdom. And he started thinking of his family consisting of seven members in a more broader way. Mr Lekhraj Kolhi has three daughters, two baby boys and a wife with him.

Mr Kolhi was financially supported by PDI-Trocaire International LERN initiative. He started his own business and opened a shop near his home. Through Enterprise Development Training for farmer Organizations, Mr Kolhi came to know about different aspects of running an enterprise, its terms, procedures of profit making, marketing, financial management and much more. Mr. Lekhraj is now able to earn USD3-10 (Exchange Rate: 1/100) instead of USD1.5 per day. Now his children are going to school, his family can bear medical expenses and he can enjoy his  life and he is happy like never before.