There isn’t much conversation inside Haroon Razzaq’s tailor store in Quetta. Only the whirling of sewing machines fills the space as workers complete orders. Many of them, including the master one, are deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly deafeningly
Razzaq, who was born deaf, began sewing at the age of 15 and has been doing it for the past 50 years.
When he launched his own company in 1983, he also provided a location where he could empower others, knowing the various socio-cultural and economic challenges that living with a disability poses in Pakistan.
“I’ve started hiring deaf and hard-of-hearing people in my business to give them jobs,” Razzaq said inside his shop on Yat Road in Quetta, Pakistan’s Balochistan capital.
“The majority of persons with physical or other limitations in our culture begin begging in order to survive, or their families regard them as a burden.”