Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib is the founder and Executive Director of Akhuwat, Pakistan's largest interest-free microfinance program that has opened new vistas in community engagement and poverty alleviation. Akhuwat, which means brotherhood, has been working in Pakistan since 2001 and has disbursed Rs. 5 billion in interest-free loans while retaining a recovery rate of 99.85%. Fostering and harnessing the spirit of volunteerism and relying on indigenous philanthropy to spearhead its programs, Akhuwat has sought to establish a system of mutual support in society. The greatest hallmark of Akhuwat's success has been the transformation of its borrowers into donors. Today program is being spearheaded by small donations from those low-income families who through Akhuwat's interest-free loans emerged out of poverty and are now leading efforts to help their poor brethren do the same.
Akhuwat Ka Safar is a travelogue in which against the backdrop of his trip to the United States, Dr. Saqib weaves the story of Akhuwat. Through poetic prose, heartfelt insights and honest reflections, Akhuwat Ka Safar transcends time and space. The journey of Akhuwat is a testament of the ability of compassion, self-reliance and philanthropy to change the lives of millions. It is a tale of perseverance, and the ideals of social justice and brotherhood, which have fuelled that resolve. It is the struggle of not just one man, but the millions of poor men and women, who have taken the cause of Akhuwat as their own. Akhuwat Ka Safar is an inspirational read for anyone interested in poverty alleviation, microfinance, history, social justice, philosophy and economics.
Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib was born in Pakistan went on to pursue his Masters in Public Administration from American University as a Humphrey Scholar. He has also been lauded for his efforts for promoting socio-economic development in Pakistan and was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 2010 by the Government of Pakistan.