Although many in her society value boys, Fauzia A. always says “thanksgiving to God that I have four daughters!” Growing up, Fauzia’s parents could not afford to send her to school; however, even as a child, she was so impressed by the educated people she encountered that she longed to be like them. She promised herself that even if she never had the same opportunity, she would ensure an education for her children. However, the average public school in Rawalpindi has a very poor curriculum, and most teachers never even show up. So, in order to give her daughters a quality education, they would need private schooling. However, Fauzia’s dream was impossible with her sitting at home and stitching for neighbors and friends. There simply wasn’t enough work, and she could only afford to send just one of her four girls to school. So, at the reference of a friend, she joined Behbud to give equal opportunities to all her girls.
As a tailor for Behbud, Fauzia makes an average of 5-6 pieces per day. She has a loving relationship with her husband, Muhammad, and credits their partnership as the reason for their success. The money he earns covers their living expenses, but isn’t enough to educate their children. So the money Fauzia earns from Behbud, goes straight to funding their daughters’ educations. It is their shared belief that a good education is essential for all women, but it’s her financial independence from her husband which has allowed them to give their girls a future. Today, her eldest has graduated high school, gotten married and begun pursuing further education. Additionally, it has been Fauzia’s lifelong dream to learn English; because of her encouragement, now all four of her children can speak it fluently. Fauzia herself is being taught English by her 11 year old daughter. “You should always have a passion for learning,” she says, and Behbud has allowed her to fulfill each and every wish for her smart girls.