This summer, the Snow Leopard Foundation, our partner NGO in Pakistan, conducted a special training session for women artisans in Chitral, aiming to improve the quality of the products they craft as part of our community conservation program, Snow Leopard Enterprises. The training helped strengthen and expand these women’s skills, empowering them to continue to play an important role in the economic uplift of the households
Aided by experienced trainers, around 50 artisans from the established handicraft production skill centers in Kuju Bala and Kuju Payee as well as from the brand-new skill center in Kuju Center assessed their current skill level in terms of stitching work and identified areas they could improve.
Small pieces of cloth were distributed among the participants, and they were asked to trace existing designs onto the cloth and embroider it accordingly. These napkins were then displayed and participants were asked to compare their embroidery with napkins that had been expertly done by the master trainer.
Snow Leopard Enterprises is a conservation program that works directly with the people who share snow leopard habitat to create sustainable economic opportunities that reduce the motivation behind poaching and retribution killing of snow leopards.
The experience and confidence acquired through this training session will not only allow the women artisans of Chitral to improve the quality of the products they sell, it also empowers them to assume an even greater role in the socio-economic development of their rural communities – and in the protection of snow leopards!