Shop owner proudly advertises the project that changes his life

Layyah: November, 2014: Mumtaz,’s family have been brick makers for generations, a grueling and ill-paid profession as he knew from experience growing up. It was a destiny he was determined to better. Today, aged 19, he is proud of his electrical supplies store, and of the course that helped him get here. On the wall behind him he proudly advertises the EU-funded course that got him started.

Many of the bricks made in Pakistan are made in this area. But it is one of the toughest professions of all, paying just PKR 250-300/ day when the work is available. So as soon as he left school he came to Layyah where he heard about the courses available under the YEEP project through local approved TET institutes. Mumtaz quickly signed up, and was accepted.

Even when he was working as an apprentice after his course and earning just 500 rupees a week, Mumtaz was saving for that shop he was determined to have. He already had the most important tools – a toolkit was part of what he took away from the course. A friend made the rest possible when he helped him with a 5,000 rupee loan. Much of what he sells he gets on credit, he explains, so in fact he was able to start with little more than skills determination.

Today he makes as much as PKR 8000 in a month, selling and repairing items, enough to pay back the loan he needed to start his business. Soon the loan will be paid back, so his future profits can be used to expand.

Fact Box

Plan International

Provision of access to market-driven training and employment opportunities to vulnerable youth and women in rural districts of southern Punjab, Youth Economic Empowerment project (YEEP)

Contributions and Aim:
The Youth Economic Empowerment Programme (YEEP) is a EUR 2.4 million project being funded by the European Union (90%) and Plan International (10%). The 3.5 year project is being implemented by Plan International and NRSP. It aims to help a total of 3694 young men and women aged 15-29 to find meaningful, well-paid employment and self-employment by improving access to effective, market-driven Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) opportunities.

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