SEED OUT, Pakistan’s first interest-free crowd funding platform with Zain Ashraf Mughal at the helm, hosted Pakistan’s most exclusive night of the year, SEED OUT Sufi Night 2019 featuring the legendary Sufi Icon Abida Parveen in Lahore on 22nd March 2019. The attendees showed up in support of alleviating poverty which included representatives from numerous local businesses, companies and organizations, including artists, musicians and celebrities.
The event was hosted by TV and Film Personalities, Ahsan Khan and Ayesha Sana. The grand event highlighted Pride of Performance Award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Imtiaz recipient Abida Parveen as the phenomenal music icon of the night as she gave a rare Lahori performance giving the attendees an emotional and transformative experience, and Zain Ashraf Mughal, CEO of Seed Out as the speaker. Performances featured elegant cultural Sufi dances and together everyone celebrated the remarkable success of 600 entrepreneurs amidst four cities across Pakistan by Seed Out. This annual fundraiser brought the crème de la crème of Lahore all under one roof with an exquisite dinner to conclude the night.
The goal of the night was to inspire everyone to spread the word and donate to alleviate poverty in the country. During the intimate and exclusive event, SEED OUT provided with opportunities for crowd-funding that was well supported by everyone. The revenue generated from the event will help SEED OUT pull thousands of underprivileged Pakistanis out of poverty by setting up small businesses for them. It was a warming atmosphere of lightness in conclusion. The event was managed by Verve with public relations by Lotus PR.
“Seed Out (www.seedout.org) has always been committed to fight against poverty. However, we cannot do it alone. This year we would like to bring all Pakistanis to come together and play their part to lift thousands of families out of poverty.” said president and founder SEED OUT Zain Ashraf Mughal about SEED OUT Sufi Night 2019.
Indeed, Zain Ashraf Mughal founded SEED OUT in 2013 with an aim and a mission to eliminate poverty by establishing micro-entrepreneurs. To further their human development agenda, SEED OUT requires its beneficiaries to send at least two children to school and maintain a minimum hygiene standard at their homes. So far, SEED OUT has managed to raise 600 entrepreneurs with an average financing of PKR. 90,000 per person. 1600 children have gone back to school and left child labour. Their donors are all around the globe and the organization is ensuring the absolute transparency in expediting their donations.
Zain, a graduate from University of Miami, is the first Pakistani to achieve the prestigious Commonwealth Youth Award (2018) for excellence in development work through SEED OUT (2018). Apart from being shortlisted by Forbes Asia for the 30 under 30 list for 2019 recently, he was previously also awarded The Pakistani Poverty Alleviation Programme award for Seed Out (2017). Zain has been ranked as Pakistan’s top 25 high achievers under 25 by Tech Juice and is also featured in the 30 under 30 list of University of Miami.