Muhammad Sabir

Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship, Education | Pakistan

2018 New Voices Fellow


Muhammad was born in the slums of Lahore and expected never to go to school or make a meaningful life for himself, but collecting trash as a scavenger he found shreds of newspapers and old books and taught himself how to read. As the founder of Slumabad, he works for the welfare and development of Pakhiwas (gypsy and nomad) communities in Pakistan, through education, sanitation, and community development. He has been named an Asia Society ‘Young Leader’, one of 20 ‘Acumen Fellows’ for Pakistan, an Emerging Leader of Pakistan, a real life slumdog millionaire, and has been profiled in numerous news segments, magazine pieces, and has given a TEDx talk.