Thank you sir for your comment. I am based in Muzaffarabad, the Pakistani part of Kashmir. It is the city which was struck and destroyed by a devastating earthquake back in October 8, 2005. The catastrophe killed about 87,000 people, thousands were wounded or maimed and millions other have been left homeless. People of my community are trying hard to recollect pieces of their shattered lives.
most of our links are with Local Government Chief Executives and practitioners across the world, through Local Government National Associatins such a SOLACE in the UK. The Welsh assembly has links through their Wales for Africa development programme. I am also aware of a Commonwealth organisation that deals with business. Regards, Helen
Thank you David for your comments and those are beautiful bright and living colors. I hate dullness. Coming from a Development work background I struggled with the decision on where I wanted to place myself as an entrepreneur. The temptation was to go the NGO way and look for donor funding to drive my agenda. I opted to go the way i was raised by my business parents. Creating sustainable business ventures that would act as catalyst to social empowerment of people. A breakaway from the begging culture of many NGO's.
Hi David, I presume you are familar with the Masaai tartan? You can source that ready made in a variety of colours. I sourced great woven fabrics from Bedi Investments Ltd in Nakuru, Kenya. Printing is another story! I had this done in Uganda but i would not recommend the factory I worked with. There is a great company in Dar Es Alam, Tanzania called African Pride Textile Mills. Good luck
Hi David - I'm based in London at the moment, although I've been working predominantly in Malawi, South Africa and Zambia over the past many years, with one smaller project in Uganda. My interests, however, stem across all of Africa. Regards, Janet.
Unfortunately I wasn't involved in the textile industry so much, although I did have some affiliation with Miss Malawi pageants and fashion photography (a hobby of mine).
The closest thing I can think of is a connection I have with the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) in Bangwe (near Blantyre), Malawi. They run the Bangwe Weaving Factory (http://www.malawiproject.org/bangwe-factory-project-adds-yet-another-site/) where people in the disabled community are hired and trained to create various fabrics, art and crafts. I do recall a number of weaving devices in the factory and women/men making clothes, handbags, rugs, wall hangings, etc. This may not be what you are looking for, or at the scale you need, however if you would like an inside contact, let me know and I can pass on details. Good luck!
Hi david - we have an encyclopedia of great stories and examples at our website www.acumenfund.org. But essentially, we invest in businesses that serve the poor, companies that we think will achieve profitability and serve millions of low-income customers with life sustaining products and services. We work in the sectors of health, housing, energy, water and agriculture, and we currently invest (all debt and equity) in India, Pakistan and East Africa. Hope that helps - and thanks for reaching out. We have an online community as well you might want to check out.
Many thanks for mine, we provide trainings in 5 thematic areas thus; Finance & Accounting, Sales & Marketing, Human Resource, Quality & Operations Management & Personal productivity skills. They are 37 topics in all. For details please visit: www.businessedge-africa.com
Hi David, I just posted a video, would like for you to look at it. I will send you the postcards and a few bracelet samples this weekend, and hopefully find time to catch up with you soon. Warm regards, Monique
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