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  • Habib Bank is Pakistan’s largest private sector bank with over 1,750 branches.
    AKDN / Danial Shah
  • Amin Ullah, who learnt how to operate heavy machinery, now works for the China Road and Bridge Corporation. Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, Pakistan.
    AKDN / Danial Shah
  • Nissa, 30, attended a Youth Business Entrepreneurship Training in August 2014 and received an award of Rs. 75’000. With the award money, she bought a knitting machine, and her income has since increased from Rs. 500 a month to Rs. 4’000 a month - AKRSP Pakistan.
    AKDN / Danial Shah
  • Tourism Promotion in Baltistan, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, Pakistan.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
  • Young women in northern Pakistan, mainly from poor and marginalised families, received training at a carpentry workshop in Gilgit, organised by the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP). Currently, the Women’s Social Enterprise initiative employs over 90 young women in 7 technical trades.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
Economic development

In Pakistan, economic development projects under the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) umbrella range from tourism promotion, including eight hotels, to financial project companies. 

In more marginalised and isolated communities, the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation) undertakes activities to diversify income sources, so that rural households can generate greater incomes and manage financial uncertainty more successfully. 

The Programme also supports community-based savings groups that reduce financial barriers to accessing health services, and thousands of physical infrastructure projects that have a transformative effect on the quality of life in these remote reaches.