Pakistan has the lowest rate of female entrepreneurship in the world, with only 1% of female entrepreneurs compared to 21% of male entrepreneurs. Our aim is to increase the participation of women in the entrepreneurial community in both urban and rural settings and to empower these women through capacity development, digital literacy, financial inclusion, access to safe spaces, mentors, markets, and finance.
Delta Women Incubation Programme (WIC)
Under the umbrella of DELTA, we also launched a Women Incubation Programme with an aim to empower and grow women-led micro-enterprises from Baldia Town and Nazimabad in Karachi. This included capacity-building on key business skills such as bookkeeping, leadership, organization, financial management, communication, and negotiation. Training sessions for participants from Nazimabad were held in RAST Foundation and sessions for participants from Baldia Town were held in Hunar Ghar. The programme was conducted with the support of British Asian Trust and Halcrow Foundation.
The DICE Women’s Fellowship
The DICE Women’s Fellowship aims to work with women business owners and business leaders who are running promising social and creative enterprises in Pakistan. This fellowship will aim to develop a community of fellows, building their camaraderie and collective economic agency. The programme also hones their leadership and other soft skills, enabling them to effectively navigate a male-dominant business landscape, as well as their business acumen, with a specific focus on digital skills. As this was a digital fellowship, a portal, known as the DICE Portal, has been developed as the main tool for conducting this fellowship and bringing all the selected women entrepreneurs together. This portal is used to deliver online sessions, track individual progress, and provide access to learning material as well as a community building safe space for the group.
Improving Economic Status of Women in Mehran Town, Karachi
This research-based initiative primarily focuses on the income generation of women-led enterprises and on highlighting the problems faced by women in Mehran Town, Karachi are facing in the community to upscale their business potential. This study is divided into three areas: finding employment, opening their own businesses, and skill development to understand the challenges these women face. This research aims to provide a holistic view on how different organisations can intervene effectively to economically empower women in Mehran Town by encouraging industries to hire labour force from this area, up-skill and empower women in this area to fit better in the industry, and build the capacity of women to start their own enterprises.
Incubating Potential Programme (IPP)-Balochistan
The purpose of the IPP project was to enhance the induced capabilities and bring a change in perspective in the rural people of Balochistan with respect to what they could do with their skills in their respective villages and how they can convert those skills into micro-businesses and further into their lives.