Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2004
Lyari Community Development Project

Citation

This profile was prepared when Sabiha Ghani was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
Sabiha promotes business entrepreneurship among poor women who have traditionally relied on men to lead community development efforts. She offers these women a package of services, including business training, marketing advice, and financing that helps them to take full advantage of opportunities for business development. She organizes neighborhood-level women’s groups to help members support each other as workers and entrepreneurs, and she brings these groups into contact with a wide range of financial and social services. Through networking and continuous education, Sabiha helps women entrepreneurs grow their own businesses.
Sabiha links health and family planning services with education and business development to set in motion a sustainable community-level development movement—one that includes men in the process rather than competing with them. As women begin to earn an income, Sabiha helps them find a firm but collaborative voice in making decisions related to family planning, children’s education, and health issues. Her success in business promotion and social development enable Sabiha to expand her programs throughout Karachi and its neighbors.
Sabiha links health and family planning services with education and business development to set in motion a sustainable community-level development movement – one that includes men in the process rather than competing with them. As women begin to earn an income, Sabiha helps them find a firm but collaborative voice in making decisions related to family planning, children’s education, and health issues. Her success in business promotion and social development enable Sabiha to expand her programs throughout Karachi and its neighbors.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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