May 21, 2010
I joined Samasource in 2009. Long story - I was working on oDesk, Leila was coming to Pakistan and got emails of all Pakistani providers from the oDesk management, wrote to me asking me to call her on her cell phone which I of course did and here I am. In a little over a year, I have become a VA (I was doing content writing on oDesk and didn't have a clue to what a VA was) and have started my own virtual digital firm powered by Pakistani women. My clients include such names as YPOWPO and Krups.com. I am helping other women in Pakistan who for various socio-religious reasons can not work outside the house or are not making enough money from their jobs. I have housewives and students on my team. I have a whole team of women in the rmeote Northern Areas of Pakistan working from a small IT Center doing small tasks on CrowdFlower and MTurk. The little they earn is enough to help them be independent. Being stuck in their villages due to a massive landslide (http://www.theismaili.org/cms/929/Fatal-landslide-in-Hunza-Valley-threatens-to-flood-villages), these women are happy to be able to work still. For me, I am a happier, more confident person. Coming froma family where money has never been a problem, I have always been a bit of a rebel wanting to earn for myself. Samasource has given me that opportunity and I can never thank it enough.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
women empowerment in my own case as well as the other women I employ via my firm, Women's Digital League. I can envision how huge an impact organizations like Samaosurce can have in a conservative, largely patriarchal society can have.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the staff, from the founder down to the volunteers, is extremely friendly, and ready to help.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
very friendly, cooperative and helpful.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
generate a 100 million bucks worth for work for the socially disadvantaged.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former volunteer & I helped with daily office tasks such as lead generation, looking after sales force account, email handling - basically everything a Virtual Assistant could do.