Saba Gul

Program Area: Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Location of Impact: Pakistan

Bold Idea: Combat poverty and women’s illiteracy at the same time by enabling girls to earn more income in school than they would in traditional jobs.

Why I'm Passionate About This: Two out of three women in Pakistan are illiterate because parents with limited resources educate sons while daughters work. I am among the minority of Pakistani girls who had the opportunity to be educated. While working on my second degree from MIT, I learned about a girl who posed as a boy for ten years so she could attend school. Faced with this disturbing reality, I decided to use my education to challenge this injustice. By teaching girls to produce high-quality bags during the school day, BLISS makes girls’ education immediately profitable and creates economic self-sufficiency in the long-term.

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