Saying no to aid!
It was both interesting and a source of relief for me to know about the efforts of the Acumen Fund in empowering the poor of our society. Before reading the story in Enterprise (July 2011 issue), I did not know that the success model of Kashf Foundation is the Acumen Fund. All success stories of Kashf beneficiaries are motivating and reflect the progressive bent of our society. The crux of the story in rejecting aid and promoting debt and equity incentives is worth holding on to. The destitute of our society need to be empowered to become independent and selfsufficient. If the needy are led to depend on financial aid, they will never learn to come out of their problems. A gradual recovery of our lower economic strata can certainly contribute to reducing the macroeconomic burdens of Pakistan