This summer, SIL is going to Hunza to run an incubation cycle specifically tailored for the female entrepreneurs of the region.
Watch the Gulmit Carpet Weaving Center Documentary here.
The Social Innovation Lab was founded in 2013 to facilitate driven young entrepreneurs and social organisations in tackling social challenges through the combination of humanistic knowledge and sustainable business practices. Our goal is to catalyse a moral re-imagination of contemporary societies.
Our core activities entail Social Enterprise incubation, community engagement, offering consultancy services on social innovation, entrepreneurship and social impact, as well as publishing case studies and white papers on the work we are doing.
This summer, we are looking to carry out a summer incubation program in Hunza Valley. Previously, our community engagement efforts have resulted in spreading the amazing story and craft of women carpet weavers at Gulmit to the rest of the world. As part of this exercise, the SIL team was able to concretize the Gulmit women’s supply and value chains, get them access to urban markets in Pakistan and beyond, as well as arrange an exhibition for them in Lahore at the Lahore University of Management Sciences. In this vein, our local partners at AKRSP, KADO and other local support organizations showed interest in working closely with us to bring this knowledge and support to other potential entrepreneurs in the region, especially women and youth.
For more photos on the Hunza project, please visit here.
The summer incubation program is also being mirrored by a summer immersion program for our own social entrepreneurs from our incubator, ‘the Hatchery’. The idea behind this is to immerse urban social entrepreneurs in rural and distant environments to give them a space to truly live the principles of ‘human-centered design’, ‘appropriate technology’ and ‘adaptive leadership’, which form some of the core modules of our indigenized incubation curriculum.
The summer program is a first phase to our larger vision for the region.
Phase 1 - Incubation and Immersion - June 15, 2015 to July 6, 2015 (duration: 3 weeks)
In the first phase of our operations in Hunza, we will disseminate entrepreneurial training and skills to the women and youth of the region, while simultaneously immersing our pre-incubated social entrepreneurs in the local landscape to help develop new insights into their own work.
Elevate the status of pre-existing initiatives like Gulmit Carpet Weaving Center (GCWC) to self-sustaining social enterprises and to raise awareness about entrepreneurship among the youth of the region.
To pilot the incubation curriculum that the SIL team has developed on social enterprise tailored to local needs and see if it is feasible and replicable in the greater GBC region.
To partner with local LSO’s to help set up incubation facilities and platforms in the region that can carry on striving to tackle social injustices through socially innovative, sustainable solutions.
To connect social entrepreneurs and the youth of GBC with those from LUMS (usually from Lahore, Karachi & Islamabad)
To assist LSOs and pre-existing ventures in their operations by providing LUMS social entrepreneurs as interns for their work.
Program structure & Activities:
Social Enterprise incubation training: to GBC youth, women & LSOs
Immersive learning and internship: with local LSOs and enterprises to Hatchery social entrepreneurs
Creating new partnerships: the participants of 1 & 2 above will come together in the evenings for ice-breaking sessions and loosely facilitated gatherings to help promote new partnerships and create new value/supply chains.
Phase 2 - impact assessment + feasibility for scaling and acceleration - August/September (2 weeks)
As part of our stretch goals, we would like to secure funding for phase 2 of our operations in Hunza. As part a) of phase 2, we will train our local partners KADO (Karakoram Area Development Organization) in monitoring and evaluation techniques. This way, once the SIL team has left the field, KADO’s team will be in touch with the women and youth entrepreneurs we train in phase 1.
a) August, 2015
In part b) of phase 2, we wish to carry out an impact assessment study to assess how successfully we implemented phase 1 and whether some of the enterprises have reached a point where their models can be scaled or there operations need acceleration.
b) September, 2015 (duration: 1 week)
With your help, we will not only incubate enterprises and bring urban youth social entrepreneurs to support indigenous initiatives, we will in fact bridge the divisions of society, economy, geography and ethnicity to create a new cohort of unified change makers, working in tandem with one another to create a better Pakistan! Thank you so much for taking initiative - your support means the world to our team and the women & youth we work with.
Total Cost : PKR 300,000/ GBP 1873
To be borne by SIL: PKR 300,000/ GBP 1873
2. Food and Lodging in Hunza - 15 people- 3 weeks
Total cost: PKR 750,000/ GBP 4680
To be borne by SIL: Nil (To be borne by AKRSP)
3. Mentors’ Fee
Total cost: PKR 500,000
To be borne by SIL: shared @ 50% by SIL, PKR 250,000/ GBP 1560
4. Misc. Expenses, including travel within GB
Total cost: PKR 200,000
To be borne by SIL: PKR 200,000/ GBP 1250
We would love to hear from you: