Unlike other girls in 1990s Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, Azaada Khan walked with her head uncovered and her gait fearless. Arti Pandey, Program Director of Barakat, now our partner NGO, met Azaada in the summer of 2008. Four months later, I was in Attock, northern Pakistan, where Barakat built the first three schools for the city’s nearly 30,000 Afghan refugees. In the fall of 2009, after brainstorming with Barakat’s local staff, and meetings with the parents of the girls we were trying to help, I kicked off a pilot at the Ersari School with $7000 I had raised while in the US.  We called it BLISS, an acronym for Business and Life Skills School. BLISS offers an innovative solution to this work-school dilemma that millions of young girls across the developing world are caught in. The girls and their mothers are now also participating in other parts of our value chain, e.g. There is no simple or obvious future for millions of young girls without BLISS—a culturally acceptable solution to a highly intractable problem.
One year in, BLISS is benefitting girls like Gul Pikai, who has been working at a carpet loom for 14 hours a day since she was seven years old. BLISS’ vision is that of no girl left behind, of every young girl able to define the course of her own life, and lift herself, her family, her community and even her nation out of poverty.
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She changed her name to that of a boy’s; her attire and haircut followed, all so she would be allowed to attend school in a country where girls could be punished by law for doing so. Back at the MIT’s Sloan School of Business, Arti related Azaada’s story to a small audience.
It provides financial incentives for girls to go to school, immediately making it more rewarding than work, while simultaneously providing skills that increase their earning potential in the long term. The handbags are created as part of their educational and skills program; profits from the sales are used to compensate existing students, recruit new students and create sustainable income for the community. BLISS provides a way for each community in which it operates to participate in improving its self-sufficiency, a consequence that extends well beyond a classroom full of young girls. Contributors to their ongoing crowdfunding campaign get a free handbag from their collection as a perk! Having earned two degrees from MIT, Saba worked in the Silicon Valley for a while before moving to Pakistan to work on BLISS full-time. We exist to tell the stories of both Unreasonable Group (a for profit holding company) and Unreasonable Institute (a nonprofit organization)—deeply aligned organizations based in Boulder, Colorado, working to achieve a shared vision of creating a 21st century movement that unleashes entrepreneurial potential around the world.
We need contextualized accounts rather than pity inducing stories to work with communities in developing countries. I sat in that audience, captivated by the struggles of a girl who had lost her identity by following her passion for education, drawing contrasts between her life and mine. But what I could not forget after that visit was what I saw inside the homes—young girls laboring at carpet looms for up to 14 hours every single day to support their families.

It is a model that can and will be applied cross-culturally throughout many developing countries. With BLISS, she is getting the chance none of her siblings got—that of being allowed to attend school.
Every day we publish at least one featured story of an entrepreneur who has come through our various accelerator programs or a post sharing lessons learned from some of the greatest entrepreneurs and investors of our time who mentor and support our movement. What had I done to deserve a life where I had the opportunity to pursue two degrees at one of the top schools in the US?
There was no time for anything else—no play, no socializing but most importantly, no school. Element is such an animal that give you power and sense of stability, it becomes one of popular tattoo ideas for girls and women, of course, it’s also good choice for men. These girls were stuck in a cycle—they were illiterate because they were poor, and they would stay poor because they were illiterate. If you want to get an elephant tattoo, here is a collection I came across for your inspiration. With BLISS, we aspire to groom girls like Gul Pikai into confident, healthy, socially responsible and financially stable citizens, who can raise the next generation to be the same.

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