SEDP 02 - Sharifullah

Transforming Lives: Sharifullah – Saving for Generations to Come

Sharifullah, a resident of Immit, in Ishkoman Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan believes prosperity lies in saving for future generations. While working as a farmer, Sharifullah barely earned enough to feed his family. “Even if I can save 10 or 20 rupees a day, I will save it. I want my children and their children to have a bright future,” says Sharifullah.

Immit, a picturesque valley in Gilgit-Baltistan is home to many ethnic groups living together peacefully. The snowcapped mountains of Immit are known to be the gateway to Yarkhun Valley of Chitral, where Rajas once travelled on their journey.

Passionate about his dream, and with the help of the Social Economic Development Programme (SEDP), Sharifullah received training in vehicle repair in Gilgit. “With the support of SEDP, I purchased tools and built a bike repair workshop. They showed me the way and then I worked hard to achieve my goals,” mentioned Sharifullah.

Skills development is a major component of SEDP to aid potential human resource with marketable skills. SEDP provides formal and informal vocational training opportunities that include in areas such as automotive and bike repair, cosmetology, carpentry, electrical training, hospitality/hotel management, midwifery, health technician, computer/IT, plumbing, furniture making, etc. The programme has an extensive impact not only on an individual’s income level, but also access to quality education and health as well as improved social status in society.

Sharifullah can now earn enough to continue his mission of saving not only for himself but for his future generations.

Furthermore, the sustenance support programme of the SEDP caters to the basic requirements of marginalized families and provides them with the opportunities and prospects for a respectable life with confidence and dignity.