Rockflower Commitment: Provide funding to support training of 400 women
Location: Gurase Valley, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan
The rural women of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) actively participate in the production of Kashmiri arts and crafts, but face significant hurdles in maximizing a return on their efforts - for themselves as well as their families and communities.
The CSP believes that generating and revitalizing rural economies through community participation is the key to development at the grass-root level. The CSP's Pehran Project is a direct result of this belief. The project is a grassroots, pilot program designed to enhance the ability of the rural women of Gurase Valley to produce higher quality handmade Kashmiri cultural arts and crafts and market them more effectively.
The Pilot Program will run for 12 months and train 400 women in knowledge of how to
- maximize the quality of their arts and crafts
- establish a Gurase Valley "brand"
- increase the visibility and value of their products
To insure the ongoing training of local women, four training centers, run by graduates of the Pehran Project, will be set up around the valley, each specializing in a specific area of Kashmiri cultural arts and crafts.
About community service program
CSP is a multi-disciplinary non-governmental organization established in October 2007. The organization works with civil societies, CBOs, CBWDF's and institutions in response to their socio-economic needs, connecting them to national and international institutions.
Generating and revitalizing the rural economy through community participation is the key to development at the grass-root level. While a host of appropriate technologies exist in and outside the country, there is little opportunity for their transfer to the end user, especially rural women. Community Services Program (CSP) provides expertise to the urban and rural population with special focus on rural women.
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