Bilqees Bibi

Bilqees Bibi is now able to play her role in managing her household expense roll!

A resident of Shahpur Kanjra, Lahore, Bilqees Bibi was spending a meager life with her five kids and her husband. Troubled over her husband’s barely sufficient income, she was not able to send her kids to school where any sort of hospitalization required for her kids was a real oppression.

‘’My husband drives a rented auto Richshaw and he has never been able to make enough money to support our family expenses. I wanted to send my kids to school but it seemed impossible. My kids deprivation from many basic necessities made me spend many sleepless nights. We had to pay our monthly loan as well which was further lessening our monthly income’’. Bilqees Bibi

Bilqees got to know about PSDF funded courses under its scheme, Skills for Garments through one of her neighbors and a very good friend. She insisted her to pick up spirits and to apply for the course. Boqees applied for the course of Industrial Stitching Machine Operator and got admission at the training facility of one of PSDF funded industrial training service provider in Lahore.

‘’It was really a tough time. First I was not certain about getting admission and then going out for the training was a huge challenge as my kids were at home and there was nobody to take care of them. I called for the assistance from one of my sisters and joined the classes. I was really happy and gratified on getting the free of cost training, course material and monthly stipend.  At the end of my training, I was really anxious about doing a job and first of all managing to get one. My trainers at the training center helped me out in looking for my job prospects’’. She said

PSDF has engaged various industrial units as training service providers, which enhances the job prospects for the trainees as employees in these industrial units after completion of their trainings. Bilqees Bibi was initially hired by the industrial unit at which she was being trained and later on, she found a very good job at the Angora Textiles Pvt Ltd. She is earning PkR 12,000 monthly/- and is really happy on being able to ease out the confiscated expense roll at her house. She further shared that her husband appreciates her as she is sending her three kids to school.

“I am very thankful to PSDF for providing us with the free of cost training; it has greatly helped me in improving the life of my family. These days I am urging one of my sisters to get admission in PSDF funded free training courses, as she has always wanted to be a fashion designer but could not pursue her career due to the sheer lack of funds. I want every deserving woman to attend these courses to become able to free her destiny from absolute poverty”. She said.