In episode 12 of the Mashable Pakistan Lab we discuss social enterprise, and development with CEO of Kaarvan Crafts Foundation, Danish Jabbar Khan.

Khan, who holds a bachelors in architecture from The National College of Arts (NCA) and an MBA from LUMS, embarked on a social entrepreneurship career after working for Nestle Pakistan.

He says the artistic and business elements of his education have come together in a place like Kaarvan that is highly creative and business oriented as it “crafts livelihoods.”

The CEO told Mashable that the organization, which helps women in rural areas of Pakistan increase their economic participation, works like a “bridge.”

“When you work with communities, there is no ‘us vs them’ you are learning as well.”

He highlighted the urban stereotypes about “teaching things” to rural people and said many women in rural areas are already entrepreneurs and fund. managers. “They are resilient and empowered, we only bring them forward and help them by connecting them to businesses.”

Khan mentions, however, that there are still many community barriers that are especially challenging to overcome. For instance, men or elderly females may not have encouraging attitudes about women pursuing economic independence. Khan said that his organization holds community awareness sessions to battle these problems by involving people in conversations.

Regarding pursuing social entrepreneurship as a career, the CEO says you should always do what you love. “Do your best and leave the rest,” he said.

Listen to the full podcast here.

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