Adorn has developed partnerships with several Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) in order to increase its reach to artisans around the country, particularly in the rural areas of Sindh. The basis of selection has been to choose NGO’s which offer facilities to the artisans who are working in their area. These NGO’s help artisans with skills enhancement, access to basic inputs on orders, timely payment and marketing of their products. Often these NGO’s are also working in the fields of health and education in their target areas. Adorn’s mission is to help these organizations gain greater access to local, international and online markets in order to increase artisan work and income on a monthly basis. Increasing access to markets at the grassroots level, without any aspect of exploitation, is an important aspect of Adorn’s basic working strategy.


Established in 2000, IRC is a key player providing replicable models for integrated social and economic development in Pakistan. It has gone from a primary focus on trainings for community organizations and education for girls to a more integrated approach including income generation, empowerment of the rural and marginalized poor and advocacy support.

Since inception, IRC has retained its focus on Sindh, recognizing that an integrated and holistic approach is necessary if sustainable positive change is to be achieved. IRC has developed its programmes so they are linked with each other and are implemented within the same geographic areas and communities.

IRC has a head office in Karachi, where the Executive Director’s office, finance and human resource management functions are located and some special projects are run from. The main regional offices are at Khairpur and Dadu and sub offices in Sukkur, Kambar-Shahdadkot, Sehwan and Jamshoro.

For more information about the work of IRC, please visit their website at

DIL (Developments in Literacy)

Developments in Literacy is an NGO that has been working in the field of education since 1999 in Pakistan. DIL establishes, adopts and manages primary and secondary schools for underprivileged children in partnership with non-governmental organizations in all four provinces of Pakistan. In addition, DIL directly operates community schools in Punjab and Sindh. Recently, DIL has ventured into the field of vocational training and has been training women of the community to make various products. DIL’s Vocational Training Center (VTEC) also offer students and community members the opportunity to learn other marketable skills such as computer training, sewing, knitting, embroidery and candle-making. Adorn is currently marketing bags, mobile/blackberry pouches, throws and tea cozies from DIL. For more information, please visit


TRDP has been working in the Thar Desert since 1998 on poverty reduction, microfinance, enterprise development, health and education, water supply, sanitation, livestock care and management, agricultural enhancement, and disaster preparedness and management. TRPD undertakes every development initiative in partnership with the community, with their involvement and participation for long term effectiveness in poverty reduction. Much of the work is focused on women and children, who are the most vulnerable.

As part of its enterprise development efforts, TRDP has been training artisans and entered into partnership with them to market their crafts to select national urban markets. The crafts partnership will empower women and reduce child labour among artisan communities in the Thar Desert. The artisans have learnt the art of embroidery, block printing and cutwork at an early age from their elders. Due to the remoteness of their villages, poverty and lack of literacy, these highly skilled artisans are at the mercy of middlemen, who provide them low quality materials and pay meager amounts for exquisite hand-work. Exploitative mass production for commercial purposes has degraded the crafts, brought some to the verge of extinction and left the highly skilled artisans impoverished despite their tireless work. For more information, please visit


The Ra’ana Liaquat Craftsmen’s Colony was founded in 1954 and is located in the Shah Faisal Colony in Karachi and has been working in the field of women’s development since then. The focus of their projects is on education, training and income generation. The original mission behind the centre was to rehabilitate the women migrantscoming from India to Karachi. But, since then, the colony has served as a community centre offering many different services to women of the area including housing a health clinic, a primary school and a vocational training institute. Their goal is to empower women through awareness of important issues as well as increased access to work opportunities. The RLCC is affiliated with All Pakistan Women’s Association. For more information, please visit


AHAN is a non-profit company formed under the Ministry of Industries and Productions in order to aid in the growth and development of the handicrafts industry in Pakistan. AHAN currently provides support to poor producer groups and artisans through product development, quality control, design advice, marketing and technology up-grades.

AHAN has formed small artisan groups all over the country and has developed a vast product range which fuses traditional and modern techniques and works as a liaison between them and various local and international buyers.


Sunflower’s is a project of the Special Children’s Educational Institute to create an environment of creativity and productivity among its students. The vocational centre provides skill-based instruction to students with special needs with the goal of making lovely hand-made items for the local market. The proceeds aid in developing their program to sustain a long term work environment that is safe, secure and stimulating for individuals with special skills. For more information, please visit .


Roots for Equity was established in 1997 and it supports the rights of working children and of women. The organisation focuses specifically on the impacts o f globalisation on small farmers, landless peasants and their right to food sovereignty.

The income enhancement program gives women support to take responsibility for the purchase of raw materials and the sale of their produce. Roots for Equity gives the female artisans technical guidance, skills training, q uality control and runs a stall in two local markets of Karachi, Pakistan.

The women are encouraged to involve themselves in the local sale of these products and they are given a fare share of the revenue that is generated, allowing them to support their families. For more information, please e-mail


Behbud (an Urdu word which means advancement) has been working in the field of women’s development for the past 44 years in Pakistan. Their focus is on skills development, education, women’s rights advocacy, microcredit, health improvement, resource development training and adult literacy. With several industrial homes across the country, Behbud offers women skills training as well as access to work opportunities ranging from stitching, embroidery, and quilting. Local marketing of the products is facilitated by shops in Karachi and Islamabad as well as local exhibitions. For more information, please visit