July 15, 2016 Youth Impact

Sky Is Our Limit

Hello my lovely readers!

I have been thinking quite a lot about entrepreneurial ventures and women empowerment. It’s quite surprising, but let me tell you that Pakistan has been doing a wonderful job on both the forums. Below is list of young promising Pakistani entrepreneurs who believe that sky is their limit!

Zymal Umer

Zymal is nine years old. She didn’t wait for the opportunity to knock on her door to show off her talents rather Zymal happens to have a “let’s do this right now, right here” kind of attitude. She is the proud initiator of the project “zee bags”. She started this startup all on her own when she was sad to see the harm that plastic shopping bags did to our environment. Zymal makes bags out of newspaper and biodegradable material and sells them for 70 rupees. The profit gained from this startup is given to underprivileged children. Zymal has been awarded several awards and has gained international recognition for her services rendered to the environment. One notable award that she achieved is Prince Abdul-Aziz Bin Abdullah International Award in the category of “Children Pioneer Award” in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She puts us all to shame for not giving back to the environment.1                      Source: https://propakistani.pk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Zymal-Umer-Curcle-700×384.png

*Clears throat*

Remind me again what you were doing at age nine?

Yeah I was eating dirt too! -_-

Saba Gull

Saba Gull is definitely more than just an entrepreneur; she is a ray of hope and motivation for all of us. Saba happens to have a very bright academic background as an alumnus of MIT from where she got a BS and MS in Computer Science and Economics respectively. She was an MIT public service fellow in Sri Lanka where she worked on project of providing low cost Solar Lightening Systems to Tsunami refugees. Saba is also the proud owner of the Popinjay, which has been rebranded from BLISS. BLISS was initially a non-profit organization where she was providing employment to the unskilled women in Pakistan. It has now launched itself as a profit generating organization so that the products produced compete in  fashion industry where quality and demand fulfillment can take flight and bring more revenue. Within a short span of time Saba has drawn the international limelight towards her as the Popinjay has already been published in Vogue, NBC, Huffington post and Al-Jazeera. Saba’s BLISS still continues to hire unskilled women and train them to earn a livelihood for themselves. Way to go girl!*pats back*

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Source: http://loveinfinitely.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/saba.jpg

Fiza Farhan

Fiza farhan happens to be the 30th name on the forbes social entreprenures under 30 list. she is the Co-Founder and CEO of Buksh Foundation in addition she is also the Director of Buksh Energy Pvt Ltd. Buksh Foundation works to bring clean energy projects to the remote and rural areas of Pakistan. In these  4 years since its initiation, the Buksh Foundation has trained 135 women as energy entrepreneurs and has brought solar-powered lights to 6,750 households. The foundation has extended business and clean energy loans to as many as 12,000 entrepreneurs. And yup this girl has all golden stars on her acdemic profile.She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the reknownked Warwick Business School and a bs degree from LUMS. Keep  up the good work, more power to you girl!

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Source: https://www.google.com.pk/search?q=fiza+farhan+buksh+foundation&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjU28zotdbNAhWCzRQKHROAB7MQ_AUICCgB&biw=1366&bih=623#imgrc=gAENbkVZtUh8fM%3A

Kalsoom lakhani

Kalsoom Lakhani is the Founder/CEO of Invest2Innovate. Invest to innovate or i2i happens to be a startup incubator, umm…yes not Tahir Shahs eye to eye. The program aims to help the entrepreneurs by developing their basic understanding of business. It is a four month program during which young entrepreneurs meet the investors and learn from skilled entrepreneurs. I2I produces young entrepreneurs who know the demand of market and the scope and horizons of there business. Kalsoom is also the co-founder of The Hero Project, a storytelling platform that celebrates everyday hidden heroes. She was previously a Washington, D.C. co-ambassador for Sandbox, a global network of innovators under 30, now called The Thousand Network, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. Kalsoom also founded the popular blog, CHUP in January 2008 which urges for change in Pakistan ., Lakhani has written for the Washington Post, The Next Web, the Huffington Post, Foreign Policy, Next Billion and Pakistan’s Dawn Newspaper…*slow claps*

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Source: https://cdn.techjuice.pk/wp-                       content/uploads/2013/11/374013814703e11288d6eb5919b0366a626191ef.jpg

These ladies have made Pakistan proud and we as Pakistanis are happy to have these girls. These daughters of land of pure are a blessing. More power to you girls.

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Much love

Ayesha Hameed

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