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Soni's story rebuilding her business after the Pakistan floods

Soni Ali with her sewing machine

27 June 2012

Thanks to a Red Cross livelihoods grant, Soni Ali, 22, can make enough money to support her growing family.

Before the 2010 Pakistan floods, Soni was able to earn a little money through sewing. But the monsoon floods completely destroyed Soni’s house and everything in it. Soni had to try to earn money stitching by hand – painstaking and time-consuming work.

Just when things seemed hopeless, Soni received a grant from the Red Cross. This enabled her to buy the sewing machine, cloth, buttons, thread and accessories needed to restart her business. The Red Cross also taught her book-keeping and followed-up with Soni to see how she was progressing.

Soni’s business is now productive and profitable. Before the project, she had to rely on her parents for financial support. Thanks to the money and support she has received, Soni now earns enough to cover her basic needs, contribute to the family economy and even help her husband Mehboob further his education.

Now expecting their first child, Soni expects to be able to save some money to support the baby’s future too.

The Red Cross livelihoods programme in Pakistan has supported over 4,000 families with cash grants since June 2011. The British Red Cross has provided the funds and delegates to enable the programme to run.

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