Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?
It is a new project which aims to create transformative impact for participating clients. The clients will benefit by being able to sell products in bigger markets and receive a better price for their products. They will also be able to gain skills that they can use and develop further to create higher end products.
Kashf Foundation has been working with low-income women since 1996 to help them economically empower themselves through access to financial services. Currently Kashf Foundation is training women on business development and business skills trainings through its Business Incubation Program. This program will compliment existing training and provide a direct linkage to markets for participating entrepreneurs.
Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Consistency in quality and ability to produce as per set timelines by the entrepreneurs may prove to be challenging. However, in the project design there will be a coordinator/monitor that will ensure regular followup on both these fronts to overcome these potential barriers. Moreover, another barrier may be learning gaps from the expert trainings by the clients. These will be overcome by ensuring a participatory training methodology and the use of adult learning methods.
Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)
Once the project starts running it will be able to generate revenue through the sale of items. Using that the project will be subsumed into the existing business incubation lab program and expanded in geographically contiguous areas. Kashf currently has business incubation labs in 32 locations across Punjab and Sindh.