Blog – Tales of grief, resilience and transformation: Brave women of Kaarvan

The resilient woman: Abida Imran

Abida is from Bahawalpur region, one of the highly deprived districts of Punjab. Abida’s life story resembles to most of the women in rural areas. She was married young and begun a family. En route, the couple was blessed with four children and shortly financial stability swung to distort as the spouse alone was the source of income for the entire family including her in-laws. On the precipice of falling into poverty, Abida battled with communal pressures such as familial face value, maintaining the education of her kids, etc. Abida’s life was stuck within family norms and well being of her family. She continually sought for ratification without having any knowledge of what fate had chosen for her.


Abida joined the Kaarvan Crafts Foundation Training Institute in Bahawalpur to learn stitching under the Skills for Employability course. Immediately she understood that only Kaarvan can help her acquire the change she sought after. However, this evolution was never meant to be easy. She faced tough challenges, especially being a mother who had to detach herself from her kids in order to focus on her own learning. She had to go through a long process of persuasion where she convinced all the people around her that whatever she is doing, it will eventually help her family in the end.


The training she received from Kaarvan enabled Abida to realize that she could possibly be a good financial assistance to her better half and she can make her family to get by as well as move forward from poverty. Abida began making clothes as soon as she graduated from Kaarvan. In the beginning, she sewed some beautiful clothes for her little daughter and now Abida is a star in her community; planning garments for her family, as well as for her neighbors. What’s more, she has potential investors prepared to enable her set up her own business, and her nearby tailors are urging her to contract them as her labor force. At our last meeting with her, she said, “I felt like there was no hope for my career. Now all I can see is a future with my own work.”