Kaarvan Crafts Foundation was established in 2004 as a Not-for-Profit company registered under Section 32 and licensed under Section 42 of Companies Ordinance, 1984 Pakistan. Since then, it has successfully carried out diverse projects in remote villages of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Kaarvan Crafts Foundation was established in 2004 as a Not-for-Profit company registered under Section 32 and licensed under Section 42 of Companies Ordinance, 1984 Pakistan. Since then, it has successfully carried out diverse projects in remote villages of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Kaarvan fully embodies its Persian name, which means in the

pursuit of people

Kaarvan strives to create a world of cooperation and collaboration where men and women stand side by side as equal participants. More interrogation of our societies, our relationships, our lives and imagine / create a new way of being and living.

November 2004

Inception

A small group of dedicated professionals gather around the idea of gender responsibility and economic participation as a social enterprise.

November 2004

Inception

A small group of dedicated professionals gather around the idea of gender responsibility and economic participation as a social enterprise.

June 2008

Pathways & Pursestrings

The Pathways and Purse-strings project began with the aim to enable 8000 rural women with skills and market knowledge to sell their products in urban markets.

June 2008

Pathways & Pursestrings

The Pathways and Purse-strings project began with the aim to enable 8000 rural women with skills and market knowledge to sell their products in urban markets.

March 2012

Reaching the Marginalized with HomeNet South Asia

Outreach initiative in the rural districts of Bahawalpur and Lodhran. Training women in the skills of mukesh, tarkashi, product planning and leadership.

March 2012

Reaching the Marginalized with HomeNet South Asia

Outreach initiative in the rural districts of Bahawalpur and Lodhran. Training women in the skills of mukesh, tarkashi, product planning and leadership.

February 2013

Skills For Market 2013-14

1500 women trained in market skills. 60 women linked to the market. Established skill development centers in 2 districts, 225 villages with 225 trainers.

February 2013

Skills For Market 2013-14

1500 women trained in market skills. 60 women linked to the market. Established skill development centers in 2 districts, 225 villages with 225 trainers.

June 2014

Skills For Market 2014-15

1520 women trained in market skills. 60 women linked to the market. Established skill development centers in 2 districts, 225 villages with 240 trainers.

June 2014

Skills For Market 2014-15

1520 women trained in market skills. 60 women linked to the market. Established skill development centers in 2 districts, 225 villages with 240 trainers.

May 2015

Learning, Unlocking, Accessing the Market

In collaboration with the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan, the Market Linkages project has turned out to be extremely successful in giving the women an opportunity to sell to high quality markets. This has led to talented women capturing market shares in the apparel industry.

May 2015

Learning, Unlocking, Accessing
the Market

In collaboration with the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan, the Market Linkages project has turned out to be extremely successful in giving the women an opportunity to sell to high quality markets. This has led to talented women capturing market shares in the apparel industry.

May 2015

Skills For Employability

Life skills and Business Management Training to enable women to become self-sufficient market players and work as micro-entrepreneurs.

May 2015

Skills For Employability

Life skills and Business Management Training to enable women to become self-sufficient market players and work as micro-entrepreneurs.

July 2015

Kaarvan’s Training Institute

Built one of its pioneer Training Institutes. Realizing the necessity for an ongoing process driven vocational center, the Institute has been established to house courses for the Apparel industry.

July 2015

Kaarvan’s Training Institute

Built one of its pioneer Training Institutes. Realizing the necessity for an ongoing process driven vocational center, the Institute has been established to house courses for the Apparel industry.

November 2016

Farm Home Care

Expanding the area of work into family based livestock farming. Six project-associates provide such training in the regions of Okara, Kasur and Nankana. Educating best diary and livestock farming practices to 3,000 female trainees.

November 2016

Farm Home Care

Expanding the area of work into family based livestock farming. Six project-associates provide such training in the regions of Okara, Kasur and Nankana. Educating best diary and livestock farming practices to 3,000 female trainees.

August 2017

Expanding Market Participation Digitally With British Asian Trust

Building on top of previous learnings of market linkage interventions. Working with British Asian Trust to help identify learnings of what works and what does not work at regional and international level of development work.

August 2017

Expanding Market Participation Digitally With British Asian Trust

Building on top of previous learnings of market linkage interventions. Working with British Asian Trust to help identify learnings of what works and what does not work at regional and international level of development work.

October 2017

Celebrated International Rural Women’s Day

Bridging the distance between urban and rural women through creative workshops held at multiple institutions such as Training Institute in Kasur, BNU and LUMS. Mainstreaming a gender perspective through radio, social media engagement and press releases.

October 2017

Celebrated International Rural Women’s Day

Bridging the distance between urban and rural women through creative workshops held at multiple institutions such as Training Institute in Kasur, BNU and LUMS. Mainstreaming a gender perspective through radio, social media engagement and press releases.

October 2017

Bending Gender Rules

Kaarvan collaborated with Aitchison College in their annual 2017 Art Fest using art as medium for creative expression and social awareness regarding gender responsibility. Through the informal set-up of photo-booth and a giant paper scroll spread across the table – the prompt asked participants: If you could bend a gender rule…what would you do?

October 2017

Bending Gender Rules

Kaarvan collaborated with Aitchison College in their annual 2017 Art Fest using art as medium for creative expression and social awareness regarding gender responsibility. Through the informal set-up of photo-booth and a giant paper scroll spread across the table – the prompt asked participants: If you could bend a gender rule…what would you do?

January 2018

Skills For Market Linkages with PSDF

500 Women Stitchers – trained in Skills For Market Linkages – sustaining themselves and their 25 Business Hubs in rural areas of Kasur, Nankana Sahib and Sheikhupura – with both local community and market orders from vendors.

February 2018

Women Economic Empowerment Program

Skills enhancement trainings of 1320 women, while 60 Micro-Entrepreneurs have been trained in both conventional and digital market linkages via collective learning workshops where field experts from relevant organizations come address rural communities’ challenges and opportunities of scaling-up.

April 2018

Aanganpk.com, a digital e-commerce platform

Eighty Pakistani female artisans from far-flung villages of Lahore, Bahawalpur, Vehari, Lodhran, Multan Kasur, Gujranwala, Nankana, Sheikhupura are tap ping into opportunities and global economy via Aanganpk.com. Kaarvan Crafts Foundation and Samsung are taking technology to the grassroots!

April 2018

Image of Public Spaces and Human Rights Workshop at Lums

Kaarvan &LUMS’s society Hum-Aahang collaborated and discussed the interaction between public spaces and human rights. How do we, THE CITIZENS, utilize, transform and reclaim spaces in our daily lives? What are the commonalities and differences of “claiming” space in urban & rural areas?

February 2019

Social Justice Week Rural Women and Fellow Change Makers

A weeklong of interactive workshops was held at 5 districts of Punjab: Gujranwala, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Sheikhupura and Bahawalpur — a great gathering of change makers as Punjab Commission on the Status of Women and Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan also joined us alongside women artisans — as we discussed the idea of justice, fairness, inclusivity and participation through interactive activities with rural women.

April 2019

World Creativity and Innovation Day at BNU

Kaarvan Team participated in Beacon House National University’s Nothing Fest by exploring what is ‘Between the Blank? Women from Gujranwala and BNU students open up the blank by connecting with one another through creative expression.

May 2019

Constellation of Change

A framework that aims to provide a series of soft skills/social skills in alignment with the International Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to expand Pakistani Female Artisans personal capacities to act with others for socially constructive purposes.

June 2019

Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day

30 Female Micro-Entrepreneurs from Multan crafted “1 Rupee” dreams. Women stretched their minds and actively created & discussed “What could they do to make money if they had to start with absolutely nothing?”

August 2019

Keeping the Kalasha Spirit Alive with UNESCO

Craft Sector Trainings in Kalasha Valleys funded by SDC in collaboration with UNESCO and Kaarvan Crafts Foundation carried out design aesthetics handicraft workshops with objective to enhance skills, aesthetics, and introduce market linkages to Kalasha artisans.

August 2019

World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day With Netherlands Multitalented Artist/ Entrepreneur/ Life Coach Tamara Robeer and 25 women who team worked to unlock out of hypothetical catastrophe and envision new modes of life — What would a GENDER JUSTICE WORLD look and feel like?

October 2019

Click N’ Craft with Daraz

Kaarvan becomes seller on Daraz. Selling unique handcrafted products by the design team at Kaarvan in collaboration with rural artisans.

November 2019

Economic Empowerment of Women Homebased Workers and Excluded Groups in Pakistan with UN Women

Assessment of economic, social and living conditions of Women-Home Based Workers (WHBWs) in Gujranwala Division, along with potential of their integration into the formal economy.

December 2019

Human Rights Day

Celebrated Human Rights Day with 49 women at Kaarvan Waniawala Center in Gujranwala. Through the interactive activities we confronted societal stereotypes of good and evil around everyday objects and concepts such as education, home, security, rallies, etc.