IUCN Project: Enhancing Coastal Community Resilience through Economic Mobilization of Women & Youth

In partnership with World Wide Fund (WWF), Sustainable Initiatives has started a project under the Small Grant Facility of the Mangroves for the Future Programme under the World Conservation Union (IUCN). The aim of the project is on alternative livelihoods for a community present in Kakapir Village, which has a fishing community present along the coast of the Karachi.

There are two main components of the website, which include the empowerment of both women and youth through market development approaches and Technical Education and Vocational Training (TEVT). This fishing village has been selected because the main source of income in the area, which has around 300 households, has been based on fishing. Since fishing represents a source of income that is not fixed, creation of these livelihoods is extremely essential. Therefore, three non-traditional skills sets were introduced for around 80 women from the village, including stitching, embroidery and baking. Moreover, youth would also be trained for market development practices. The vulnerability of the community has also led to the destruction of mangroves along the coastal belt of Karachi, thus destroying the precious eco-systems. Currently, the project has been started after conducting baseline surveys and scoping exercises to find out more about the community. Furthermore, expert trainers have been hired to transmit these skills. Afterwards, market linkages would be created, thus utilizing the potential of the area and thereby leading to empowerment of communities, especially women