I, Rehana Kausar, resident of Chowk Shah Abbas Multan. For the longest time I had been looking for a platform where I could leverage the market, refine my embroidery skills and sell without middleman tariff. I had skills but no source of income as I was unfamiliar with how to connect with market and did not know of any platforms where I could have displayed my skills. Through Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) programme the industry doors opened for me. I could see my hopes of crafting bright futures for my twin sons and two daughters becoming a reality. Educated with a bachelor’s degree, I, stepped into the business world when my son became gravely ill. With the help of my daughters, I started sewing bed sheets and pillow covers and selling them door-to-door. One day, I received an invitation to take part in an exhibition where I displayed my bed sheets and noted that my work was popular. I am an industrious artisan, with the ability to create opportunities. As a result, my son also started his own business, my twins completed their matriculation, and my daughter is married. As I get older, I won’t be able to go door-to-door. Aangan – a digital e-commerce platform, has given me the ease of selling my crafts directly from home. Being part of the Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry, I continuously participate in sharing my talents and work for the promotion of women in business in Pakistan.
In December 2020, the complaint was filed via email to Kaarvan’s Board Members, and highlighting a concern to a specific Whistle Blowing Policy in Kaarvan’s HR Manual.
“According to the Kaarvan’s HR Manual; under Section – 6: Employee Code of Conduct – 6.3: Whistle Blowing Policy:
If someone has a concern about malpractice or any wrongdoing, he/she is encouraged to report/highlight it to his/her immediate supervisor, or directly to CEO .
But If the malpractice or wrongdoing is somehow directed to the CEO himself, how should employees proceed? A policy missing in the HR Manual. I humbly ask Kaarvan’s stakeholder to address this for the sake of current and future employees of Kaarvan working directly under the CEO’s supervision.”
An in response the CEO through the Head of Programs started filing baseless lawsuits/complaints against the one who highlighted the financial fraud at Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies to threaten him to give up on pursuing the complaint.