A Polio Struct Entrepreneur is Fighting for Her Business

A Polio Struct Entrepreneur is Fighting for Her Business

From Maryam Chef Baluch

I am raising this money for my friend Ms. Iffat Siddique, a polio-struct female entrepreneur whose under a lot of debt. To support her family, she needs money for her venture Pizza Mail.

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My friend Iffat is a struggling entrepreneur from Islamabad, Pakistan. She's always been brave, struggles with a brave face and needs our help! Her husband lost his job 2 years ago and with two lovely daughters to raise, they exhausted all their funding. They were supported by their family members to open up a Pizza Delivery service, however their business did not pay them a dime as the family members who invested got greedy and paid them peanuts, before leaving them penniless. It was then, when I lend some money to them to reopen their Pizza business and support their household. However, with 2 month’s school fee and 3 months electricity bills pending, they still require at least 5,000 USD to get them out of debt. Thereafter, USD 15,000 will be invested in renting a place to operate their business and the rest on marketing activities.

Why should you support their business instead of any other? I’ll give you three reasons:  

1.      Iffat is the bravest person I know who never asks for anything but instead works hard, truthfully and with a smile. Even with polio, Iffat sits on a wheelchair and counts her blessings. This time around, their circumstances are very bad and a little help from the universe will help them in a long way.

2.      Shuja is a struggling artist, who too is under stress as he is unable to get a job given the bad shape of economy in our country. He is a selfless person who has taken care of Iffat in her condition since their marriage (18 years back).

The children – with no school fee to pay, they ask why they can’t go to school when all their friends are calling. Shamelessly, their school “Froebels International School”” can’t seem to make any exception for the struggles of their parents; instead choose to punish the children. 

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