AARDO Funded Pilot Project.

In the year 1999 AARDO provided US $ 28,000/ for Pilot Project on Micro-Finance, AHKNCRD successfully organized the Pilot Project from 1999 to 2002 in Chakwal District at the end of Pilot Project recovery was 95%.

A three years Action Research Pilot Project was launched in 1999 with the assistance of Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO). It mainly aimed at poverty alleviation through provision of micro-credit, besides enhancement of local level savings, as development intervention. The project area comprised of seven union councils with 75 villages of Chakwal District (Province of Punjab, Pakistan) with Kallar Kahar as the Project Headquarter. The project had two phases i.e. action research and implementation.
The action research phase mainly dealt with planning besides identification of the poor families and the potential entrepreneurs, whereas the implementation phase consisted of processing and approval of loan cases along with disbursement of credit to the identified micro-entrepreneurs. It also included monitoring of the physical progress and recovery of the credit advanced to ensure smooth and timely achievement of the set recovery targets.

Following were the main objectives of the project

  1. Poverty Alleviation
  2. Promotion of income generating activities.
  3. Increasing income of the poor households.
  4. Provision of micro-credit to the poor and enhancement of local level savings.
  5. Promoting involvement of rural women in economic activity.
  6. Enhancement of productivity of the people engaged in farm and non-farm activities in the rural areas.

CIRDAP Funding for a Project.

Regional Consultation
As part of the project, regional consultation was organized by CIRDAP in Yangon, Myanmar on 14-16 August, 2006 to share the findings of the Action Research Project “Appropriate Technologies for Rural Women” of Pakistan and Myanmar.

Action Research on Appropriate Technology for Rural Women was implemented in its two member countries i.e.. Myanmar and Pakistan following the recommendation of CIRDAP Research Project “Impact of Increase in Household Income on the Role and Status of women within the Household” implemented as the research study project in 1995, to examine the relationship between the poor women’s increased contribution to household income and the resultant impact on their roles and status within the household.


"To exploit the potential of rural women by adopting modern technology and enhance their productivity through using various modern techniques".

Major objective

  The broad objective of the project was to enhance the quality of life of rural women through provision of appropriate technologies, which is in line with their needs and capacity.

Specific Objectives

  1. Enhance the quality of life of rural women through provision of appropriate technologies.
  2. Identify the needs of women towards adoption of appropriate technologies.
  3. Identify and suggest ways and means for adopting appropriate technologies by women

US$ 11,000/- were provided for an Action Research Project on "Appropriate Technology for Rural Women.” It was conducted in District Charsadda in 2006-08.