Ashfaq has an inventive spirit and the hands of a master craftsman.

With a beaming smile, he stands by confident and ready to initiate the next helpful strategy

Ashfaq was raised an orphan in a relative’s home, hiding the spark of confidence, creativity, and intelligence within. However, his talents could no longer be hidden when two of his childhood friends referred him to village Artisan as a young man, over 20 years ago.

In a caring work community, Ashfaq excelled.

When he first joined the workshop, he was shy and somewhat fearful, unsure if his new work environment was going to be full of harsh demands and unappreciated work like he was used to.

Now, over 20 years later, he has become a crucial part of the VA team and is known as the problem solver with resourceful inventiveness, and has gained the respect and admiration of his peers in the workshop.

Since his time began with Village Artisan, Ashfaq has married a beautiful and gentle natured wife, Samina, and now has three spunky kiddos who are a part of the VA School Sponsorship Program.