Prime Minister Imran Khan has congratulated Founder of Akhuwat, Dr. Amjad Saqib for winning the Ramon Magsaysay Award.
“Have been told this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s highest honour, has been given to a Pakistani, Dr. Amjad Saqib, Founder Akhuwat,” wrote the Prime Minister.
“Congratulations to him. We are proud of his achievement as we move forward in creating a welfare state based on Riasat e Madina Model,” he added.
Dr Saqib received the award for his efforts for eradicating poverty in Pakistan. His profile on the website of Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation says, “A visionary who founded one of the largest micro finance institutions in Pakistan, servicing millions of families.”
As per the details on the website, “Muhammad Amjad Saqib, in 2001, invited a group of friends to present to them his plan for a first-of-its-kind interest-free micro finance program, offering to design, organise, and implement it. Two years later, Akhuwat was formed and its first branch opened in Lahore.”
“It also promotes volunteerism among staff and clients, aims at transforming borrowers into donors, and fosters diversity and inclusion, serving all—irrespective of religion, caste, color, and gender.”