Distinguished US magazine Forbes has included 28-year-old Fiza Farhan, co-founder of the Buksh Foundation, in its list of 30 under 30 social entrepreneursfor 2015.
Buksh Foundation, operating in Pakistan since 2009, is a microfinance institution that brings clean energy projects to poor and rural areas of the country.
The foundation has trained 135 women as energy entrepreneurs and brought solar-powered lights to 6,750 households across the country.
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The foundation’s business and clean energy loans have been extended to some 12,000 entrepreneurs.
Buksh Foundation CEO and Director of Buksh Energy Fiza Farhan was also nominated as the “Future Energy Leader” at the World Energy Council in September last year.
Bukh Foundation and Buksh Energy are part of the Buksh group which was established in 1950’s with a departmental store chain and has now reached the third generation and branched out into lifestyle brands.
Fiza is the 4th woman from Pakistan who has been included in the Forbes list of young game changers, movers and makers.
Last year, Forbes had named another Pakistani, the 24-year-old Shiza Shahid in its list of 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs.
Shiza Shahid is the co-founder of the Malala Fund. She helped oversee Malala Yousufzai’s medical care in London after she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen.