My name is Zaib un Nisa and I’m 35 years old. I come from Punjab province in Pakistan. Girls in our village are not traditionally encouraged to become educated or to work. Yet I completed a master's degree in Information Technology and a master's degree in Business Administration in Lahore, despite my family’s objections.
I had been working in the human resources department of a company in Lahore for over six years, but then the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, and the company had to close down for a while. I earned a good salary, and contributed to my family’s livelihood. But my income collapsed due to the pandemic.
So I started an online business selling traditional clothing. I sell abayas and hijabs. I searched for fabrics, and looked for sales staff as well as tailors and dressmakers. And I set up a Facebook page. In June 2020 I launched my online retail outlet called “Zaib Hijaab”.