Behbud has three Industrial Homes. They are located in: Mehmoodabad Centre, Clifton and Korangi areas. All Industrial Homes teach cutting, sewing, machine and hand embroidery. Qualified and experienced instructors conduct classes and prepare the students to appear in the Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE) exams. Industrial Home offers six months short courses, a one year certification course, and an advanced two years diploma course.
We have industrial homes at our Clifton Centre and Mehmoodabad. Our gift shop is located at our Mehmoodabad Centre. We have a large production unit at our Clifton Centre.
There are two teachers and two class rooms with a capacity of 60 machines. Every Friday character building classes are held for the girls, based on the Holy Quran. These classes are conducted by Behdud members.
This year at the Clifton Center courses have been broken down into three 4 month courses and examinations were also conducted 3 times during the year.
6 girls appeared in Sindh Board Exam held in May 2017, they are awaiting their result. 7 girls who appeared in Sindh Board last year all passed in first division. The total number of girls trained from 1st July 2016 to 30th June 2017: 883
The Industrial Home, Mehmoodabad continues to successfully cater to the needs of the women and girls of the neighboring area who desire to learn and acquire expertise in cutting, sewing and embroidery both hand and machine.
The facility is well equipped and has qualified staff to give the required training. The courses offered are designed to train at various skill levels. There are:
Short courses duration
At the end of 2 years, students seeking diplomas are examined by Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE) The diploma enables the students to improve their earning ability, employment chances, and capacity for lifelong learning and job satisfaction.
Enrolment record of industrial home, Mehmoodabad for the period July 2016 – June 2017 is given below:
Machine and Hand embroidery
Sewing and cutting
Total number of Beneficiaries
This project is meant to help the underprivileged women and empower them by enabling them to earn an income of themselves. Hence their morale, is boosted and self confidence increased.
At the time of joining the Gift Shop, most of the women have some knowledge of sewing and embroidery. They are then trained to produce the required products of high quality. Children’s clothes made by the Gift Shop are always in great demand both in Pakistan and abroad. Eid and wedding seasons are our busiest times. People travelling abroad take the children’s clothes as gifts.
The Gift Shop committee works hard to procure quality raw material. Since fabric prices are always on the rise and our workers are paid well, the prices of our finished goods have also increased a bit, however they are still less than competitive products in the market.
There are 99 workers; each one has a team of workers made up of family members and neighbors. This allows the workers to produce more finished goods and earn more money. Gift Shop feels pride in the fact that because of Behbud whole communities are getting uplifted. From July 2016- June 2017 the total number of different items produced were 76. The total number of beneficiaries of the Gift Shop were 590.
Housed in the Clifton Complex, the main objective of Behbud Production Unit is to empower women with low incomes by providing them with steady work. This increases their earning capacity and hence their prestige within their families and communities. This year there were up to fifteen women who are regularly came for works five of these are present most days. The items that are produced by the workers in the Production Unit are designed by the Chairperson and her team and sold at Behbud Creation, in Behbud Melas, and at other sales during the year. Average earning per worker is 4500/- per month.
The following items of home textiles are produced for personal use and for gifts:
- Towels of all sizes
- Kitchen towels
- Trolley sets, runners and tea-cozies
- Table mats and table covers
- Pot holders
- Roti baskets and Cake covers
- Baby quilts
- Ajrak products
- Rilli work and embroider shirts, dopattas and shalwars
A coordinator is needed for this project in order to steamline stock control, supervision of workers and marketing. All the products are sent to Behbud Creation for sale. There is a display room in the complex on the second floor for the finished products which also handle sales.
A very comprehensive marketing policy is much awaited because the sales volume needs to be expanded.
Besides Behbud annual Melas sales were held at Mrs. Nadiar Sohail’s house, a French bazaar and BWA Christmas bazaar and at Clifton Center.