GEAR is a Welfare Trust in Pakistan, founded in 2009, with the core purpose of supporting and lifting socially deprived individuals to stand on their own feet through self-employment opportunities.
We started on a small scale in the Korangi area of Karachi, by providing sewing machines to four ladies through an interest-free loan. This initiative helped them to start their independent tailoring businesses, earning about four to five thousand rupees a month.
They all managed to pay back PKR 1000 every month to GEAR, expanding our fund pool. The fund pool is very active and is used to support new partners and enable them in the same way.
GEAR ensures that funds provided by partners are fully utilized without making any additional charges for logistics, financial and allied services. It is a ‘social business’ organization essentially based on funds from those who can afford to those who are in need.
Through Contributions from kind donors and repayments from beneficiaries, GEAR has Alhamdolillah been able to support over 1403 families so far by creating self sustaining income generating small businesses opportunities for them.