Before 2005, Farida Imitiaz and her husband were struggling to make ends meet for their family, due to extensive medical bills. That year, Farida took out what became the first in a series of loans from the First MicroFinance Bank (FMFB) Ltd Pakistan.
Nekhakht Ibrahimi: Micro entrepreneurs gain self-reliance
The income that Nekbakht generates now with her handicraft shop allows her to put her children through school. She says: “Now, I earn sufficient income to support my family. I am very glad that my family feels proud of my business.”
Alisha Sonawalla: Pushing the frontiers of technology
Alisha Sonawalla was member of AKA Hyderabad’s first graduating cohort, the Class of 2014. Since then, she has accumulated an extraordinary set of experiences during a gap year and subsequently at university in New York City. These experiences range from heading projects geared to exposing girls in rural India to coding and internet technologies, to designing English language development programmes in Tajikistan and, most recently, to spending summers in Silicon Valley working on self-driving cars.
Sarah Keshvani: Using biology to tackle environmental challenges
Aga Khan Academy alumna Sarah Keshvani is currently in her first year at the University of Victoria, Canada, on a full scholarship as part of the Academies’ long-standing partnership with the university. She plans to major in either biological sciences, with a concentration in neuroscience or kinesiology, or biochemistry.
Graham Ranger: Teacher Development at the Aga Khan Academies