Masour set up his shoe-making business after attending ICMC's training in Pakistan

Islamabad, 10 August 2016 - Masour*, 30 years old, lives in the Charsadda district, Pakistan, along with his older sister and his mother. Masour lost his father when he was a child, and his family has been living in one room after they left their grand-parents’ home. He abandoned his studies after 9th grade, starting to work immediately to earn for his family. He took up different jobs, including selling popcorn in the streets. Masour has been living in a tent, just outside of the room where his sick mother and sister live.

Masour portrayed during his daily business of shoe-making.Masour portrayed during his daily business of shoe-making. Photo: ICMC Pakistan Through the funding allocated by the the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, ICMC provides assistance to vulnerable individuals in Pakistan via several projects aimed at improving their living conditions.

As an ICMC’s beneficiary, Masour attended a six-month shoe making training. His performance turned out to be outstanding. Masour was then selected as a beneficiary of a business development grant upon completion of a three-day training.

Beneficiaries are provided with vocational trainings and with either cash grants, which give them the opportunity to start their own business, or tool kits and job placement assistance. In developing the marketable skills of Afghan refugees and host communities, ICMC aims at reducing unemployment in the most vulnerable communities in Pakistan.

Masour has now set up his own shoe-making business, hoping for a better future and an increased household income.

*The name was changed to protect the identity of the beneficiary.