Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2010
Islampur Cottage Industry Association
    This description of Hazer Gul's work was prepared when Hazer Gul was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
    Hazer Gul is eliminating the system of bonded labor in the cottage industry sector of Pakistan. Starting with the weaver community in Swat, Hazer is establishing rights awareness, collective power, education, and is integrating informal workers as key players in the economy. Rather than demonize the powerful middlemen in the value chain, he has developed peaceful, mutually beneficial solutions to break through a traditionally exploitive system.
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