Qurban Buriro

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2005
Khajji Cooperative Society


This profile was prepared when Qurban Buriro was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
Agricultural production has changed tremendously around the world, but small Pakistani farmers do not have the tools or the knowledge to keep up. Here, the old farming methods are still in use, methods which hurt the local environment while providing only minimal returns to the farmers. Farmers must borrow at exorbitant rates to finance their land, so they rarely have enough money to invest in the latest technology. Qurban discovered leverage in employing microfinance as a tool in organizing farmers, allowing them to finance and improve their work without going through loan sharks, and to find ways to sell their crops without bowing to the demands of middlemen.
Qurban has also set up a team to act on behalf of the farmers, seeking out new information on raw materials, market opportunities and production techniques and tools. Together, the team and the farmers come up with ways to use this new knowledge to help in their purchases, sale and agricultural decisions. Qurban himself acts as an intermediary, introducing the team to interested outside philanthropists and experts.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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