Shell Tameer celebrated International Women's day by hosting mentoring circles for female-led start-ups at the SOS Technical Training Institute (SOS-TTI) in Karachi, Pakistan. These 14 women graduated from the Shell Tameer programme last October receiving start-up grants in the form of tools and equipment.
Shell Tameer brought these women entrepreneurs together to continue the conversation and further support their journey by encouraging them to share on-ground challenges and cultural barriers they face in their line of work. These determined women look at entrepreneurship as a means for improving their quality of life and creating sustainable sources of income for their families.
Sumaira Bibi of Shah Computers, one of the grant recipients, expressed her gratitude to both Shell Tameer and SOS - TTI for this opportunity.
“I belong to a conservative background where most of the women do not have access to quality education,” she said. “I hope this grant will help me expand my home-based computer training institute to empower more women in my community to help them earn their livelihood from their home through the computer literacy and technical expertise.”
Humaira Bachal, a Shell Tameer alum, provided mentorship to the participants. The CEO of Roshan Pakistan and founder of Dream Foundation, she is breaking barriers and educating women in the remote towns of Sindh.
Other mentors included Rehana Alam, a renowned humanitarian with Behbud Association, and Shahnila Adnan, who runs a successful home business.