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Giving something back to young people

Laeeq is now a self-employed electrician and employer.

Giving something back to young people

I spent 3 years working as an electrician in Saudi Arabia. But I wasn’t earning enough and I missed my family. So I returned to Pakistan in 2018. A PGFRC training course enabled me to become self-employed.

My name is Laeeq. I come from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan and I'm 40 years old. I used to work as an electrician in Pakistan. Then I went to Saudi Arabia to search for better opportunities. I worked as an electrician there too, but wasn’t earning enough. And I missed my family, so I decided to return to them in 2018. I worked as an electrician again after returning, but always only for other companies on a day-to-day basis. Then the inflation rate in our country kept increasing, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. My daily wage was therefore no longer sufficient to live on. I had to find a way to improve my income.

A good tip and greater professionalism

My cousin told me about the services provided by the Pakistani-German Facilitation and Reintegration Centre (PGFRC). He had taken part in a PGFRC training course himself. This is how I learned about the training course in how to start a business. It sounded great. My cousin advised me to simply contact the team. I registered for the training course in August 2021 in Islamabad.

This training course is aimed at people who want to become self-employed. We learned about bookkeeping and how to build up a customer base. The training also taught me that you need to constantly develop your business and keep reinvesting. That’s the only way to succeed. So I always set aside part of my earnings each day. I use this money to pay for operating costs or to buy materials.

Safe equipment and a stable income

I was also given a toolbox containing the necessary equipment at the end of the training course. Self-employed electricians in Pakistan don’t usually have any protective equipment. I’d never used it before. The training course means I now know how important it is. I’ll be using it from now on.

But the training also changed my attitudes and approaches to my work. My previous concerns were just about earning a daily wage. I became a self-employed electrician after the training course and have been offering to carry out repairs ever since. This has enabled me to earn a steady income and shape my own future.

On the road for his customers

At first, I wanted to open my own shop in the centre of my village. But then the demand for local repairs was so huge that I now use my motorbike to visit customers in their homes.

I repair household appliances such as washing machines, power systems or car batteries. I also sell essential electrical equipment and accessories like light bulbs, screwdrivers, electrical cable and used radios and music players. And I have a few smaller contracts that involve me in undertaking the complete electrical installation in new houses. What I’m really happy about is that some of my early customers have remained loyal to me. They’ve also spread the word that I’m now offering repairs as a self-employed electrician.

Since becoming self-employed in early 2022, I’ve already taken on 3 employees and currently employ 2 apprentices. I’m pleased that I can give others a job or an apprenticeship.

Laeeq at work

Working hard and planning for the long term

I wasn’t sure after returning to Pakistan whether I’d made the right decision. But the training course and the support given to me by the PGFRC have made me realise that the move was exactly right. I’m incredibly grateful for everything that I’ve been able to achieve in my home town through hard work and courage. I’m also proud that I’ve built up my own successful business and happy that I've created new jobs. It means I can give something back to young people in Pakistan.

As of: 04/2023

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Since becoming self-employed in early 2022, I’ve already taken on 3 employees and currently employ 2 apprentices.

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