A mother is said to be a sensitive, nurturing and kind soul. But, when it comes to the well-being of her children, she can be an untamed lioness that can achieve anything she sets her mind to. Unfortunately, single mothers without any solid educational background face harsher circumstances placed by society, itself. Harsh to the point that a mother in Lahore had to disguise herself as a man in order to earn a dignified livelihood.
Farheen is struggling to run her humble shop in the new Anarkali Bazaar; Here’s her story.
Humans of Lahore have posted this beautiful story of struggle, resilience, and helplessness.
“My name is Farheen. I have been living in Lahore since 8 years. I have a 9 year old daughter who lives with me in a hostel. Both of us work at a small shop in new Anarkali Bazaar which is empty because i have no money to have items in the shop. I have to dress up like a man, be a tomboy to run my own shop otherwise its very uncomfortable for me. I have been driving uber as well but that still doesn’t help with the day to day tasks or the shop.
My only request is that people help me to add things to my shop so i can sell them. Things like Toffee biscuits easyload juices cold drinks cigarettes etc. Items that are available on a general store. I have to give this month’s rent as well but currently, I don’t see it happening.
Adding to her life story, she said, “I don’t want any money. I want to make money the halaal way and earn it but unfortunately i need help at the moment so i am reaching out to people. My address is: Ali general store ali plaza near makki chay wala new anarkali bazar lahore. Anyone can come and visit if they want to”
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“My name is Farheen. I have been living in Lahore since 8 years. I have a 9 year old daughter who lives with me in a…
Farheen is the story of countless mothers that are trying to find employment to support themselves and their children; without having to compromise their self-respect and dignities. Sadly, Pakistani society hasn’t paved any path for such mothers, neither have we created a safe space for them to thrive in. Hence, Farheen has to take precautions of working in a setting that is dominated by men.
We have failed the women of our nation. However, some brave females have been running roadside stalls successfully; 50-year-old Sabeela Bibi is a great example. Still, the younger mothers have much to think about around the lines of ‘personal safety’ and ‘reputation’.
Let’s support Farheen in setting up her shop and earn a livelihood with her head held high. Please contact Humans of Lahore for donations. Let’s empower the women of Pakistan.
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