Unique Star January 2017 update

In our last report we mentioned Riaz* was looking for sponsors to develop his crockery business (above left and centre). Thanks to your support through RED International, his dream has become a reality:


My name is Riaz*, I have been running my own crockery shop business for 5 years. People are much interested to decorate their homes and use beautiful utensils/household items. These are not very expensive compared to branded shops. I own this business and it is a full time business.

I buy products from the wholesale market in bulk. There is demand for good quality crockery as people normally buy it to give as part of the dowry, but people can’t afford expensive things. I offer the same crockery and household items at cheap rates and there is always a demand for quality crockery. The demand is increasing gradually, which is good for business, but due to shortage of investment it was difficult to fulfil the need. I am thankful for the loan from Unique Star and with that I could expand my business and add new things. Before the loan, my average sale a day was 5,000-8,000/- Rs. (48-76$) and I hardly managed to save anything after paying all business expenses. After paying all the debts and wages the saving was around Rs. 18000-20000/- (173-192$) per month.

But now I have the loan and invested more into the business. Gradually my sale is increasing and now the average sale per day is 8000-12000/- Rs (76-115$), which not only fulfills my family needs, but also leaves me with an average profit of Rs20000-25000/- (192-240$) per month, after paying all my expenses.

Thanks to Unique Star and your support more small businesses like this are able to develop:

My name is Waseem* (above right), currently working at a University as a lab attendant. I am running my own business and have qualified from Herbal Medical School in Lahore.

I am thankful to Unique Star that they have provided me a loan with affordable interest.

I have been running a herbal business for 10 years. Many people avoid allopathic medicine and use herbal medicines instead. It is not expensive compared to allopathic medicine. I am doing this as a part-time business.

I buy products from the wholesale market in bulk and process them in my own shop. It is cheap medicine and people love the herbal products (face beauty creams, pickles, jams, herbal medicine). There is a demand for high-quality and hygienic medicine, because people can’t afford expensive medicines. I offer the medicine at cheaper rates and there is always a demand for cheap, quality medicine. The demand is increasing gradually, which is good for business, but due to shortage of investment it was difficult to fulfill the need. I also collect blood samples for a small fee from home, if someone asks me to, and pass them on to labs for testing.

From Unique Star I acquired a loan which gives me support through finances. With that finance I could expand my business and add new things. Before the loan, my average sale a day was Rs. 1,500-1,800/- Rs. (14-17$) and I hardly managed to save anything after paying all business expenses. After paying all the debts and wages the saving was around Rs. 20000-25000/- (192-240$) per month. But now I have the loan and invested more in the business. Gradually my sale is increasing and now the average sale per day is 2500-3000/- Rs (24-28$), which not only fulfills my family needs, but also leaves me with a higher net profit."

We look forward to continuing to share how your help has changed the lives of families in Pakistan.
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