KARACHI: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organized an Industry Conference on Hand Embellished Fabrics today in Karachi to promote the economic development of women micro-entrepreneurs in the hand embellished fabrics subsector in Pakistan and to showcase the importance that US Government places on women’s economic empowerment.
Speaking at the conference, Leon S. Waskin, Regional Director of USAID said, “Pakistan is fast achieving the reputation as one of the primary manufacturers and suppliers of unique hand-embellished textiles and garments to international markets. The American people, through USAID, are proud to support this important industry by developing the skills and market access of women entrepreneurs in rural areas throughout Pakistan.”
Rubina Qaimkhani, Minister for Women Development, Government of Sindh, attended the conference and thanked the U.S. Government and its people for their efforts to support economic growth and empower women in Pakistan. The event also brought together representatives from the Government, SMEDA, and Women Chambers of Commerce, fashion schools, micro finance institutes, retailers and wholesalers, women embellishers, and micro-entrepreneurs business groups for a series of presentations and discussions focused on designing strategies for the future development of this crucial subsector in the textile industry of Pakistan.
The USAID’s Entrepreneurs Project is implemented by the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). The project assists 75,000 rural women entrepreneurs in hand embellished fabrics, dairy, honey and medicinal and aromatic plants industries develop linkages to new markets for their goods.