Shamiem Haron is a dedicated, hardworking and resilient Artisan. The 43 year old has held onto his dream working as a plumber for various companies over the past 24 years. With no financial back up and recession against him, he pushed on tirelessly. He continued working hard even when there was no hope at all of realising his dream to start his own business.
On 9th December 2018 at a memorable, uplifting event held in Auckland Park, Shamien received a sponsored vehicle through the UBA 4 Artisans Development Program. The vehicle is sponsored by SED Partners together with AWQAF S.A.
Shamiem was identified by SED Partners ‘ CEO Rashied Essop and AWQAF SA CEO Zeinoul Abedien Cajee as a deserving Artisan. He was specifically chosen based on merit, dedication and his resilience.
According to Rashied Essop, this initiative is specifically designed to promote the UBA 4 Artisans Development Program. SED is both an Incident Management Company and responsible for the incubation and development of artisans within the short-term insurance supply chain as well as the development of new entrants into the industry. The UBA 4 Artisans Program is specifically intended to empower artisans to kick-start and build their own businesses. The program offers artisans such as Shamiem an enterprise development-funding package which includes a tools, petrol, stock allowance, a vehicle and access to the market. – Rashied Essop.
AWQAF S.A. is an independent community based owned Trust which is dedicated to the empowerment of communities through development projects. CEO Zeinoul was pleased to honour Shamiem with a sponsored bakkie to help further his business endeavours and expand his opportunities going forth. This memorable event has been a milestone for both the Company and Non-Profit Organisation. Both work with high-impact artisans in emerging markets to improve and grow their businesses with the goal of transforming emerging economies and establishing entrepreneurship as a leading force for sustainable development.