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FINAL POWER 100 BOOK 2.59 TUE_Layout 1 14/02/2017 13:54 Page 26 SEEMA AZIZ Care Foundation ROSHANEH ZAFAR Kashf Foundation Seema aziz is an entrepreneur and social activist who has been working for the cause of education in pakistan since 1988. in 1985, she started a business, to prove that pakistan could produce embroidered fabric equal in quality and design to the best in world. today, 26 years on, Bareeze is a symbol of pride for pakistan and the most recognizable pakistani brand both within the country and abroad. the Bareeze group, which now has 7 brands, sells through over 400 points of sale worldwide and is pakistan’s largest fashion retailer. after the flood of 1988, which devastated a large part of the punjab, Seema founded care foundation, which is currently the largest non-governmental organization in pakistan, and perhaps the largest school system in the world. care educates more than 150,000 students through 225 schools providing them with a “quality marketable” education which sets them at par with some of the best schools in the country. care’s mission is to have 1 million children enrolled in its schools within the next 5 years. 26 roshaneh Zafar is the founder and managing director of kashf foundation, chair kashf holdings and founder kashf microfinance Bank limited based in pakistan. She founded the kashf foundation – the first specialized microfinance organization in pakistan – in 1996 after a chance meeting with professor muhammad Yunus of the Grameen Bank. today, one of the fastest growing mfis in the country, kashf foundation was the first microfinance institute in pakistan to achieve financial self sufficiency and demonstrated the business case for investing in women’s economic empowerment. in 2002, kashf foundation was awarded the microfinance excellence award by the Grameen foundation-USa for its groundbreaking innovations in the field of microfinance in pakistan, while in 2005 it won the aGfUnd international prize for microcredit 2005 out of 98 countries. in 2008, forbes ranked kashf foundation 34th in its top 50 mfis of the world. ms Zafar has also spearheaded and led the team to establish the kashf microfinance Bank, the first mfB in pakistan to mobilize deposits from low income households especially women which received its license in october 2008. prior to starting kashf, she worked with the world Bank in islamabad in the water and Sanitation department for several years. ms. Zafar was one of the first ashoka fellows in pakistan and was also selected as a Social entrepreneur by the Schwab foundation in 2002 and the Skoll foundation in 2007. She represented the Social entrepreneurs at the world economic forum in January 2004 and spoke at the opening plenary of the wef along with foreign Secretary Jack Straw, president obasanjo of nigeria, carly fiorina of hewlett packard and mr. wolfenson of the world Bank, responding to the theme partnering for Security and prosperity. ms Zafar has also been awarded the tamgha-iimtiaz, one of pakistan’s highest civilian awards 2005, by the president of pakistan for her work in the field of development and women’s empowerment. in 2009 kashf foundation under the leadership of roshaneh Zafar was awarded the onewoman initiative award by the US State department in a ceremony in islamabad by US deputy Secretary of State mr. Jacob lew. She has also been awarded the Vital Voices economic empowerment award 2010.

FINAL POWER 100 BOOK 2.59 TUE_Layout 1 14/02/2017 13:54 Page 27 ABDUL SATTAR EDHI Edhi foundation edhi established his first welfare centre and then the Bilqis edhi trust with a mere rs. 5000. what started as a one-man show operating from a single room in karachi is now the edhi foundation, the largest welfare organization in pakistan. the foundation has over 300 centers across the country, in big cities, small towns and remote rural areas, providing medical aid, family planning and emergency assistance. they own air ambulances, providing quick access to far-flung areas. in karachi alone, the edhi foundation runs 8 hospitals providing free medical care, eye hospitals, diabetic centers, surgical units, a 4- bed cancer hospital and mobile dispensaries. in addition to these the foundation also manages two blood banks in karachi. edhi is to karachi what mother teresa was to the poor of calcutta. edhi and wife Bilquees have spent a lifetime working for people and their welfare work to date remains unparalleled in pakistan. they are both very private people who shun publicity. they have had little formal education, and are totally committed to the cause of helping the poor and needy. Born in 1928 in Bantwa , Gujarat, india , edhi’s family belonged to the industrious memon community. from a young age his mother taught edhi to be kind towards others and to help the poor. in 1947 the family migrated to pakistan and settled in karachi. that was a time of great emotional trauma and social and political upheaval. edhi became involved in social work and began working with welfare organisations and soon started his own Edhi and Bilquis have spent a lifetime working for the poor and their welfare work to date remains unparalleled in Pakistan. dispensary, providing medical aid to the poor. he bought his first ambulance, an old van which he called the "poor man’s van" and went around the city providing medical help and burying unclaimed bodies. his van became his advertisement and soon he came to be known for his work with the poor. as a consequence, donations started pouring in and his operations expanded, employing additional nurses and staff. it was here that edhi met his wife Bilquees who was a trainee nurse at the dispensary. they were married in 1966. Bilquees became the ideal wife for edhi, totally committed to welfare work. edhi established his first welfare centre and then the edhi trust with a mere rs. 5000 [$1000]. the edhi foundation grew as people began to recognize its humanitarian aims. in 1973 when an old apartment building collapsed in karachi, edhi’s ambulances and volunteers were the first to reach the scene and start rescue operations. from then, on, through the troubles in karachi and all over the country, edhi’s ambulances have been rescuing and taking the injured to hospitals and burying unclaimed bodies. they go to places where even government agencies hesitate to venture. the edhi foundation is the first of its kind in South asia that owns air ambulances, providing quick access to far-flung areas. whether it is a train accident or a bomb blast, edhi ambulances are the first to arrive. the foundation relies on the support of its 3, 500 workers and thousands of volunteers who form the backbone of the organisation 27

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