Help Get Sughar to SOCAP2011!

And contribute towards giving silenced women a voice against customary violence!
Khalida Brohi
Small Business
1 Team Member

Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) thanks you for helping build a market at the intersection of money and meaning by supporting this outstanding social entrepreneur.

About Me:

I am a very fortunate person. Life offered me much more then I could ever imagine, I got my freedom, education, opportunities and power of decision making that no other girl in my family or community could get. In a way I lived my life distributed between two very distinct realities: one my original inheritance, the second my gained identity. 

My original inheritance is that I belong to a tribal community in the Balochistan province of Pakistan, to a society where traditions fix the fate of each girl. But luck turned out that I became the first girl in my community who could get her education in Karachi, and I was provided every opportunity to grow and learn and encouraged to speak my mind. 

My freedom every second became the nagging influence on my choosing to step forward and try my hardest to change the lives of other girls in my community who still live the life of a slave to the negative tribal traditions like exchange marriages, early marriages, arranged marriages, gender discrimination, exchange of girls to solve conflicts and even honor killings. Thus at the age of 16 I started my real journey and it’s been a tremendous success in the form of Sughar!

About Sughar Women Program:

From centuries women in tribal communities around the world have been facing injustice the form of tradition by being exchanged for marriages, to be married off in childhood, to be given off in solving tribal disputes and even to be killed in the name of honor. 

Sughar (in local language means skilled and confident woman) is an initiative aimed at ending the negative customs like honor killings, exchanges marriages, child marriages by promoting and magnifying the beautiful traditions and providing socio-economic empowerment to women n tribal areas of Pakistan. 

Sughar Program establishes Women Learning and Skill Development Centers in selected rural communities where each Center offers a 6 month course to tribal rural women on value-adding and renovating the traditional embroidery and also provide basic education and literacy skills and raise awareness of rural women which builds their capacities towards decision making and contribution in their households and lives. 

The embroidery is later marketed via various means including Marketplaces of PDI and various exhibitions and stalls around Pakistan. While each course offers a minimum loan to each woman after graduating to initiate Primary Production Units at their homes thus promoting women entrepreneurship.

Why SOCAP Matters?

Because SOCAP is the first ever opportunity for Sughar and our team to enter into a Market where the value of service comes first, SOCAP 2011 is going to be the gathering of investors and entrepreneurs who are willing to share, learn and understand about money+meaning. This would be a really great  opportunity for Sughar to grow as an organization and take back support in the form of networks, connections and even capital to scale our work in Pakistan!

What and How much we need?

SOCAP have already provided me an entrepreneur scholarship to the event, which allows me a total free entry into the four day event, I also have my USA visa. What I only need support in is air tickets and accommodation in San Francisco. Your support in even the smallest amount would be a step further in my making it to SOCAP and enabling Sughar to find supporters in our cause at this great event!

My return ticket to and from San Francisco would cost: 1,039 $ (This is the half of the total amount as half of the support is coming from Oxfam!)

My per night room payment needs for 4 nights are: 240 $

Other Ways You Can Help:

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Or let us know if you are coming to SOCAP and we can meet up to discuss some really cool strategies to help further improve our work!

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