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Aik Hunar Aik Nagar (AHAN)

Date : 2011-02-04 16:05:02

DescriptionAik Hunar Aik Nagar (AHAN), has turned into a non-profit company set up by the Government of Pakistan under section 42 of the Companies Ordinance. It was initiated as a project under the execution authority of Small Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA) in July 2006 after its approval by the Planning Commission. During a short period of one year it has actively started working in all four provinces in collaboration with Provincial / District Governments, RSPs, Microfinance Institutions, Designers and other stakeholders. The project has adopted two pronged approach. On the one hand it has started pilot projects in different geographic clusters of artisans/ poor producer groups while on the other hand it has also started research and analysis exercise to discover the potential in this area and to see how a long term strategy can be developed for creating sustainable income generation opportunities to a large segment of our society living in rural, semi urban and small cities and towns of Pakistan. The idea is to use a holistic approach at the grass roots level by creating synergies through network of rural enterprise initiatives. Coordination with rural support programs and NGOs will enable the AHAN Pakistan to facilitate access to enterprising communities and linkages with social interventions in education, health and small infrastructure projects. The project is catering to both supply side and demand side: On Supply-Side, it aims at building on capacity of crafts persons by involving well-known designers, to produce contemporary products while assuring quality; and On Demand-Side, arranging/participating in exhibitions nationally & internationally, display set up, designers’ outlets, developing linkages with exporters, etc.

Street AddressAHAN Head Office/ Punjab Region, 29/A, Model Town Lahore



Name of InstitutionAik Hunar Aik Nagar (AHAN)




Type of ActivitySupport Institution


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