At age 17, Zunaira is a confident and energetic girl with great ambitions. Living in a small village in Tehsil Yazman, District Bahawalpur,she recently passed her matriculation examination with flying colors and aspires to study medicine to become a professional doctor.
“I was so nervous in the beginning, wondering if I'll be able to put my knowledge into practice. People did not trust a young girl handling their precious livestock. But as time went by, I got better and so did the animals that I was treating. Now, I have a good reputation and travel to several villages if required.”
Zunaira's hard work is financially rewarding and although she can now indulge in shopping for clothes or other frivolities, she has a bigger goal in sight. “I am contributing to my household income and saving up for my medical studies. Becoming a FLEW is a means to an end for me. My real passion is to serve humanity and become a top medical doctor."
Livestock is a primary source of income for many households in Tehsil Yazman. In the process of pursuing a noble cause Zunaira is fulfilling her talent and helping her community by providing an essential service that is to keep milking animals healthy. Zunaira has a long road ahead of her, but now has a head start.