Edhi, a frail bearded man dressed in dark clothes, asking for charity, was sometimes mistaken as a beggar by the public when he started his work. Despite this, he managed to set up the biggest empire of charity work in Pakistan. It was a common sight in Karachi: this great philanthropist "begging" for charity in the streets and on the main roads. He begged not for himself but for the poor people he sought to uplift. He lived among them, worked among them and identified himself with them.