Women Can Do-II is a training, capacity enhancement and linkages development project focusing on 12 major public women universities and 6 large-scale female religious seminaries nationwide. The project is built on the strong advocacy strength of WCD-I and this time around works with local as well as international (US-based) partners to establishing low-cost, self-sustaining eﬃcient on-campus ‘virtual incubators’ for aspiring women entrepreneurs using existing infrastructures and staﬀ via on-campus trainings of administering staﬀ and development of linkages through ICT4D between stakeholders. WCD-II provides initial training and mentorship to 5000 direct female beneficiaries across 14 project districts and prepares a pool of 50 women entrepreneurs as role-models and change agents for the project institutions/districts by converting their ideas into actual market products via advanced incubation, seed-grants and angel investors. WCD-II would be first ever linkage of its kind between public women universities, madrassahs (religious seminary) and US’ entrepreneurs.
WCD-I project successfully challenged and rejected the preconceived social/ gender biases and taboos attached with Women Entrepreneur-ship in Pakistan. Through collaborating with Women Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Public Women universities, Religious Seminaries (Women only) and successful Pakistani Entrepreneurs the project directly benefited sensitized the public regarding women entrepreneurship, besides encouraging, training and providing mentorship to young Pakistani women to be more proactive and competitive to grow, develop, progress and prosper. The project had a two-pronged strategy; One, training and mentoring students of women universities and religious seminaries to become entrepreneurs and eﬃcient job hunters and two, rallying and advocating with policy and financial services organizations in favor of providing greater space and opportunities to women entrepreneurs in Pakistan. The project successfully reached out to 3000 students in Public Women universities and religious seminaries for females.
PENY – “Pakistan Entrepreneurs’ Network for Youth” trained nearly 1000 university students in six districts of Pakistan, of which 40% were women. SFEA worked towards capacity enhancement and mobilization of the potential and existing Pakistani entrepreneurs, particularly among the university youth in 2nd-tier cities, by providing them necessary training and information along with building a credible and online information resource on entrepreneurship in the Pakistani context. The targeted districts were Bahawalpur, Gujrat and Sargodha in Punjab; while DI Khan, Mansehra and Mardan in KP.