Women are among the most oppressed and stifled citizens in Gilgit. We provide skills to empower, show women their value as people, and bridge gaps between varying sects and creeds to promote harmony.
Women are trained in sewing basics, cutting, embroidery, knitting, English, Urdu, ethics, and literacy development. Upon graduation, each woman receives a sewing machine, so she can start her own business or improve her household.
Over 400 women have graduated from the program. Many have gone on to create small businesses, teach others their newly acquired skills, and some have even begun their own vocational centers.
Shining Light aims to expand the reach of this training program to surrounding communities and to provide Wool Weaving Training in the Gujjar villages. This will ensure that many more Pakistani women gain access to powerful skills training that will change their lives and the lives of their families.