New Delhi, Dec. 7: Masawat Livelihood Foundation has been launched to empower productive poor people financially in order to reduce poverty, thus contributing towards nation building. Masawat added a new chapter to carry forward the mission of Vision 2026 program here Wednesday. It aims to bring a positive change in the lives of 20,000 families by 2033.
A non-profit organization registered under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013, Masawat is dedicated to transforming lives through sustainable livelihood development, with the aim of promoting social welfare and upliftment of underprivileged communities through financial support and assistance.
- Arif Ali, Chairman of Masawat and also of Vision 2026, said Masawat is a humble beginning and in coming months and years it will do remarkable work. Programs will be designed accordingly, he added.
“We seek donation and support from the entire world. There are two types of poor people –productive and non-productive. To the unproductive poor, we will have to give charity. But there are also people who are poor but productive; if we hold their hands, they will grow. They will earn more and thus will be able to employ more people.
The Chief Guest, Siraj Hussain, IAS Retd., former Secretary, Agriculture, Government of India, and presently Chairman of Human Welfare Foundation (HWF), while sharing his experience of financial assistance programs where the recovery rate was very poor, said, “Whenever I hear of any kind of financial institutions providing financial assistance, I feel very afraid. Definitely it is a very good initiative.”
He recalled what Prof. K.A. Siddique Hassan, the brain behind the conceptualization of Vision 2016, which is now Vision 2026, once told him that we cannot only emphasize on education because unless and until the poor are not financially self-reliant, they cannot compete with others in education or in any other fields. According to him, Prof Hassan also said that the development that we see today in Kerala is not only because of education but also because of financial empowerment.
One of the beneficiaries, Owais, who was provided financial support to buy a battery rickshaw, was glad and happy. He said that through this he will be able to earn more and give his family a respectful life.
Another beneficiary, Syed Mohd Shyan Karim, originally from Gaya in Bihar but presently lives in Delhi, was provided Rs. 50,000 financial support to carry forward his garment business.
Fouzia Anjum of Nai Basti was also provided financial support for the growth of her business in garments.
Directors of Masawat, Mr. Muazzam Naik and Mr. Syed Mohiuddin Shakir, and Mr. M. Sajid, Director of Vision 2026 also shared their views.
Mohd Usama, in-charge of Masawat, compered the program.