Empower 200 rural carpet-weaving families in Pakistan by reducing reliance on child labor, improving income and health, and ending debt bondage by providing better-designed adult friendly carpet looms
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
There are around 300,000 carpet weaving looms installed at rural households in Pakistan providing a livelihood to the poor families. 80% of the workers are women and girls, while 60% are children. Due to low profits and health problems, adults do not like to work on the traditional looms, which in most cases are owned by the carpet contractors. This project will benefit 200 rural families, improve their health and income, end debt bondage and reduce their reliance on hazardous child labor.
How will this project solve this problem?
Identification of families needing the looms; local fabrication of 200 ergonomically designed carpet looms; installation of these looms and other health and safety measures in the households; assisting the families in enrolling children at schools.
Potential Long Term Impact
Successful intervention in this sector will give impetus to efforts to combat hazardous forms of child labor in carpet weaving and other sectors in the country. Working conditions and health of the adult workers will improve.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.