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Social Enterprise In Pakistan Unlocking Innovation Through Enterprise Incubation. 7/02/2013

Social Enterprise In Pakistan Unlocking Innovation Through Enterprise Incubation. 7/02/2013

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  • Hashoo Foundation’s ability to connect the producers to the market is what makes this project one of the most effective economic empowerment projects in Northern Pakistan.
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  • Hashoo Foundation’s ability to connect the producers to the market is what makes this project one of the most effective economic empowerment projects in Northern Pakistan.
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Hashoo Foundation Ali Akbar Hashoo Foundation Ali Akbar Presentation Transcript

  • Purpose of This Presentation• Share the context• Touch on some of the key factors that influence entrepreneurship• Suggest a way forward for a broader policy discussion• Introduce Hashoo Foundation• Share a case study … and hopefully finish within the allotted time
  • The ContextComments, ideas, views and suggestions arebeing shared in an organizational capacity andare based on Hashoo Foundation’s workingenvironment: the poorer and disfranchisedsections of urban and rural communities with aclear focus on women and the youth.
  • Key Factors That Influence Scaling-up of Entrepreneurship in Pakistan• Awareness – A huge difference between the rural and urban poor – It becomes even more marked when education and gender are factored in – Many are unable to associate their work and livelihoods with entrepreneurship• Self Belief – Lack of confidence – Lack of role models• Conducive Environment – Theirs is a ‘put you down’ environment rather than one that encourages and support – Cultural and religious restrictions and taboos – Security and access
  • Key Factors continued• Access to Resources – Technical • Business plans, market research, basic product know-how business specific skills and expertise – Financial • Lack of access to affordable financing; too much red tapism, unable to meet loan requirements (savings, collateral, guarantors), burden of micro finance even before ant returns are realized). – Intellectual & Mentoring • Lack of information on who else is doing what, Lack of access to role models and of course mentors• The Push – No help the take that all important first step
  • Broader Policy DialogueThere is a need for a strategic single forumwhere: Key players from public, private and development sector along with international donors and facilitating entities can come together and develop a policy framework that would help ensure a more conducive environment by creating synergies, building capacity, promoting awareness, improving access to technical and financial resources and avoiding duplication.
  • Mission and PresenceOur Mission is to enable and empower communities to beindependent by facilitating equitable access to opportunities.• HF is headquartered in Islamabad, Pakistan and registered under Trust Act 1882• It has two functional chapters: HF-USA, registered under 501(c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Service; and HF-UK registered with the Charity Commission in the UK• The HF operations are overseen by a Board of Trustees. Similarly both chapters have their own Board(s) of Directors• HF Pakistan has program offices in Chitral, Gilgit & Rawalpindi and project offices in Bagh, Bahawalpur, Lahore, Layyah & Mansehra.
  • Our Core Programmatic Areas
  • Economic DevelopmentOur programs in this area aim toachieve greater financialindependence and self-reliance ofindividuals, families & communities.Partnering with communities at thegrass root level and exploring issuesof socio-economic development, weseek to enhance the basic earningcapacity of the community partnersthrough value chain development,thus improving access to existinghealth, education, and nutritionservices.
  • Key InterventionsHF is working in three major areas of economic development:1. Honey Bee Farming (Plan Bee)2. Dairy Development3. Marble Shine Associates (MSA)
  • Women’s Empowerment ThroughHoneybee Farming: Plan BeePlan Bee was initiated by the Hashoo Foundation toempower women in the remote areas of NorthernPakistan by expanding employment opportunities andgenerating a stable source of income through the sale ofhigh-quality honey.
  • Why This Project?• We wanted to financially empower families to meet their children’s education and health needs.• There was a clear willingness within target communities.• Flora and fauna were abundantly available and some women had already received training in beekeeping from AKRSP• Potential for women to adopt this as a cottage industry to help their family• Honey bee farming could be made culturally acceptable for womenfolk• As a business it was potentially profitable and viable
  • Achievements• HF has provided honeybee farming training to 949 from Gilgit- Baltistan, Chitral and Mansehra.• 24 of the 28 business groups HF established are sustainable.• Honey producers have sold over 50,000 Kg of honey through HF’s “Mountain Honey” brand.• 5000 Kg has been sold independently.• 215 beekeepers working independently (i.e. two business groups developed their own honey brand in Skardu)• There has been a 32% increase in average income per participating household.• 202 discontinued the honey business (i.e. primarily from Kalash & Mansehra)
  • Our ClientsAccess to Market D. Dalton Shaheen Canteen Supply Department Retail Market & Embassies and Ministries
  • Impact and Recognition• With over 1,200 girls and boys having access to quality education and 7,500 dependents having increased access to better health and nutrition, it impact goes far beyond the 949 direct beneficiaries. Recognised by the Clinton Global Initiative (at Poverty Alleviation Session 2007) Clinton Global Initiative Featured Commitment 2008 BBC World Challenge Award Winner 2008 TEDx Talks Video 2010 Jefferson Awards Youth Service Challenge Winner 2012
  • ChallengesOngoing:• Natural calamities and inclement weather• Disease outbreak.• Injection of regular funds for geographical expansion• Quality assurance and benchmarking at the independent business group level.Strategic:• Reduce dependency on HF.• Turn the program into an independent social enterprise.• Replication
  • Our Mountain Honey Served in Hotels andPIA Flights