We were delivering food baskets to refugees. A volunteer called us. They had met a newly arrived family from Pakistan. The man told them he was a tailor. That is how we met Munir.
Since that time Munir has worked on a contract basis for Threads by Nomad. He is a skilled tailor. Most recently Munir has entered into a relationship with Threads by Nomad's non-profit sister, The Off Ramp. He wants his own tailoring business. He saved up and was able to purchase an industrial sewing machine. He was also able to secure a larger place to live so he can set his business up in an extra room. Now he needs a serger machine.
To accomplish this Munir is making coffee cup sleeves to be sold through The Off Ramp. All of the proceeds will go into a project fund for the needed machine and other supplies. If you would like to contribute to this project for Munir simply click on the donate button on The Off Ramp website. (We will have the coffee sleeves available for sale online soon!) We love working with Munir. He is a joy to be around and we appreciate his determination to succeed!
Nell: How long have you worked with Threads by Nomad?
Munir: One year.
N: What do you like best about your work?
M: All the people are very nice. We like the unity we feel with Threads. People cooperate with us.
N: Where are your children now?
M: My daughter is 4 1/2. Her name is Hurab. Hurab likes to play outside. She says, "I like toys!" She really likes the swimming pool. She says, "I like everything!" And now Rita my wife is pregnant with our second child. She is due in January. Since we have a girl we would like a boy and our family will be complete, but Jesus gives us everything. So we will be happy.
N: Do you live in the same place?
M: Right now yes, but we are moving at the end of the month to a new house. It has 4 bedrooms and is very pretty. There is a little garden. Rita will like planting flowers. One bedroom will my new shop. Each child will have a room and then our room. Maybe one will be a play room.
N: What dreams do you have about your future?
M: I want my own business. I have a sewing machine. I have some tailor jobs. I need an overlock (serger) machine. I need some good supplies. I work extra to make the money. I am making things for Nell for The Off Ramp. She will help me sell and have money for the new machine. I hope to have my own business soon.
N: What new things are you doing?
M: For a while I had a second job. I did alterations. Now I have just one job and I do work for Nell.
N: Anything else you want to say?
M: My first year in US my life is secure here. I am very happy. People are good. My friends are very nice and they are helping. But the life in the US is very fast. I am learning slowly slowly English and I will keep up.