Vocational Education & Entrepreneurial Skills Program
Providing skills & business opportunities to mothers and young women
Pakistan is ranked as one of the lowest countries in terms of women participating in the workforce. Enterprise development training provides women with tools necessary to start successful businesses, generate income, send their children to school and lift families and communities out of poverty. The program pilot was conducted with over 200 women in Kashmir in 2012. Since then, over 1,000 women have graduated annually.
Training is based on a 10 week curriculum which can be condensed to fit shorter time frames. The Economic Life (eLife) curriculum was provided by Foundation for Social Change, which included input from some of the world’s most highly regarded International Development experts, and contributions from New York University’s Stern Business School for Social Innovation. The curriculum has been translated and modified to meet the cultural realities of women in underserved areas of Pakistan and is tailored each training to meet the specific needs of a given group.