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BISP showcases successes of its beneficiaries through digital testimonials

ISLAMABAD: The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) on Tuesday celebrated the successes of its beneficiaries by launching their digital testimonials here at the BISP headquarters in Islamabad.

The event titled, ‘Heroes of BISP’ was organized to provide an insight into the achievements of the BISP beneficiaries in different fields of life, who had brought significant changes to their lives despite being vulnerable and economically weak.

The event was attended by Country Director World Bank Patchamuthu Illango, IMF’s Resident Representative for Pakistan Ms. Terresa Dabansanche, and Head of Economic Growth Unit DFID Pakistan Ms. Patricia Seex along with members of civil society and BISP beneficiaries.

Secretary BISP Omar Hamid Khan welcomed the guests on screening of success stories of BISP beneficiaries. He termed the beneficiaries as wonderful women and announced that BISP stipend has been increased to PKR 5000/- from PKR 4834/-.

He urged BISP beneficiaries that they shouldn’t accept lesser than PKR 5000/- and should not pay any intermediary.

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Khan said that the BISP planed to enhance the Waseela-e-Taleem programme from primary education to secondary, tertiary and higher education, which will allow children of BISP beneficiaries to carry on their studies until highest levels.

He added that the components of nutrition and health are being piloted in Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) programme for further incorporation in BISP’s CCT model.

The video testimonials of BISP’s heroes were screened at the event. One success story each from 6 regions of Pakistan was screened which included Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Baluchistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber PakhtoonKhwa, Punjab and Sindh.

The stories included initiation of small business activity; supporting children for education; and handling financial matters of the family by BISP beneficiary. Each short video showcased the story of a hero through the digital platform.

These digital testimonials became expression of these heroes who have shown valor, courage and strength to fight all odds.

The country director World Bank termed the stories emotional and moving. He added that it brought hope and inspiration as he saw these few stories which showed the impact of BISP’s stipend.

He further said, “BISP has been a great driver of socio-economic empowerment of women in Pakistan”. “We stand in support of our sisters,” added Illango while addressing the beneficiaries.

IMF’s Resident Representative Dabansanche felt humble to see these amazing stories of successes of BISP beneficiaries. She said, “We have always supported BISP and we believe that it is a great programme.”

She added that the support of IMF will continue for BISP beneficiaries in different forms, including advocacy. She informed the beneficiaries, “We are on your side.”

Representative DFID Pakistan Seex also felt inspired by the powerful stories of BISP beneficiaries. She said, “BISP is a great example which shows that together we can make a huge difference in the lives of women.”

She also quoted an impact evaluation which stated that three quarters of BISP beneficiaries decided how to use their money that they receive as BISP stipend.

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