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The Akhter Hameed Khan Resource Center (AHKRC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization working on urban poverty reduction through economic & social empowerment and health & education promotion. AHKRC was founded in 2010 (under Societies Act 1860 and accredited by Pakistan Center of Philanthropy) to honor the memory and vision of the great social scientist and development practitioner, Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan (1914-1999).

The organization follows the participatory, bottom-up development approach of Dr. Khan of empowering individuals and communities, particularly women, through self-help, collective organization, and access to savings.

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Mission Statement

To empower women and their families by enabling access to information, skills, resources, and opportunities for improving their lives.

Vision Statement

Poor urban households in Pakistan are transformed into healthy, prosperous, and thriving communities.

Our Areas of Expertise

Urban Development & Economic Empowerment

Maximizing the potential of low-income urban settlements to become partners in urban prosperity by connecting men and women with employment opportunities & providing entrepreneurial mentorship.

Women Empowerment

Cultivating opportunities for sustainable income-generation activities for women by connecting them to skill-building, information and resources & reducing socio-structural barriers that limit women’s mobility and ability to work.

Health &

Creating an enabling environment for households to make better and informed health, family planning, nutrition, and immunization decisions.

Education & Digital Literacy

Providing resources, mentorship, and a safe learning space for adolescents and young people to enable English and digital literacy and informational access.

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Success Stories

Saima, a mother of four who working as an Aapi for AHKRC, conducting counseling sessions on health and family planning and selling of family planning products. As she became familiar with the terrain of Dhok Hassu, Saima recognized an opportunity for increasing her earnings through door-to-door selling of products needed in the community. Thus, was the start of her “business-in-a-box.” Having no background or knowledge in entrepreneurship, Saima enrolled in a business development training offered through AHKRC’s Business Hub program. Through the sales techniques learned from her training, Saima was able to successfully sell her goods throughout the community. “I learned a lot from the training and was able to apply the skills to my business. “I am very happy. I can support my family now. She has even expanded the types of products she sells (fashion jewelry, hand bags, clothing, henna cones, etc.)
Kiran, a young woman with basic stitching skills, would not let the stigma of divorce determine her future success. After her divorce, Kiran joined AHKRC’s stitching training course to improve her skills. Through the training Kiran learned new skills like how to stitch men’s shalwar kameez and special necklines and sleeve designs. She was also given guidance and tips on starting a home-based business. At first she started small with a few orders from her neighbors. Currently, Kiran’s home stitching business is flourishing. She takes neighborhood orders and has expanded her business by partnering with tailors in the bazaar near her home who also give her orders. She now earns PKR 15,000-20,000 a month and is able to manage her household and personal expenses with ease.
Reshma Bibi, joined AHKRC in 2016, as an Aapi in health programme. She wanted to make a difference ithe n community for young girls and women. When she Initially joined AHKRC Health programme, she was afraid of stepping out of the house, but over time, she gained confidence. Now, she is actively spreading awareness about maternal and infant health, as well as sensitive subjects such as family planning and contraception in the community. “I now feel that I have a purpose in life. My aim is to support and empower the women of Dhok Hassu. Life of women is not easy in Dhok Hassu. Over the years I have witnessed stories of neglect, abuse, violence and inequality, exacerbated by poverty, illiteracy, and patriarchy. Had not been I joined AHKRC health team, I would never have stepped out of my home and would not have had a chance to interact with women and communities. This experience has changed my life.”