foodpanda, Pakistan’s top online food delivery platform, has always gone above and beyond to support Pakistan’s home-based companies. A photo of a little child selling macaroni on the streets of Islamabad recently went popular on social media. Zaheer, a young chef, has been hired by foodpanda and is now a member of their homechef family.
Zaheer, the oldest of the four brothers, is twenty years old and used to attend Islamabad College for Boys. However, owing to financial restrictions, he had to withdraw school in order to enrol in a private programme. His father works as a bank clerk and makes $25,000 each month.
Zaheer, in order to support his father, has been on the job hunt for a while and has been struggling especially due to the onset of Covid two years back. He has been trying to explore opportunities in various part time roles and has been offered incomes as low as 4,000 to 5,000 per month. Despite discouragement from his friends and relatives against starting something of his own, he thought of selling Macaroni cooked by his Mom and Sister. Since he could not afford to rent out a shop he did so by selling out of his car. foodpanda, always on the lookout for such dedicated small scale entrepreneurs, took on-board Zaheer as their newest homechef and his kitchen is now live on the app.
While sharing his response when asked about this opportunity, Zaheer said, “I have been selling macaroni on the streets of Islamabad for some time now. It was a testing period for me and taught me a lot of lessons. Having went through the tough times, I am extremely grateful to foodpanda to give me an online platform where I can secure orders while staying at home. The opportunities are numerous and I’m excited to start this new phase of my business.”
foodpanda is working tirelessly to ensure that much-needed support is available for home-based food businesses across Pakistan, as a commitment to their strategic roadmap to create job opportunities and favourable working environment. foodpanda cares deeply for people and for the communities in which it operates, and believe they have an essential role to play during the COVID-19 crisis by giving food entrepreneurs a chance to reach their true potential.