Resilient Livelihood & Enterprise Development

Providing marginalized communities access to resilient livelihood opportunities at the grassroots level that withstand the impact of disruptive events and include asset based community development and individual/partnership/cooperative model of enterprises for sustainable socio-economic development. Since 1989, livelihood and enterprise development being our core operational area, we have been serving both national and international audiences and carved a niche for ourselves in the development sector.

By providing customized, innovative and localized solutions to our clients, it is ensured that the impact of or work is far-reaching and long-lasting. We have worked with numerous government and non-government development organizations for the design and implementation of enterprise-focused livelihood programs across the country.

Human Resource Management Training for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Second Phase of HR Management Trainings for (SMEs) in collaboration with SMEDA, under their NBDP program which is being carried out in different districts of Pakistan on the concepts of time management, social media marketing and human resource management.



Location: Bahawalpur, Karachi, Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, DI Khan, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Multan, Hyderabad, Muzaffarabad and Sukkur.

Number of beneficiaries: 300

Methodology and Innovation: Curriculum was designed and developed by the IFC certified curriculum design experts at ECI and technical trainings were conducted.

Identifying & Facilitating Delivery of Digiskills Training of 1500 Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs


Delivering DigiSkills trainings to emerging and aspiring female entrepreneurs of KP and Sindh.




Location: Hyderabad, Karachi, Larkana, Sukkur, Bannu, DI Khan, Peshawar and Swat.

Number of beneficiaries: 1500 female entrepreneurs

Methodology and Innovation: Delivering trainings through online courses on freelancing, digital marketing, e-commerce and digital literacy.

Empowering Entrepreneurs through Financial Education Program - British Asian Trust


An intensive education and mentoring program with British Asian Trust for the clients of microfinance sector which aims at providing financial education to micro entrepreneurs.



: Urban and Peri-Urban Areas of Karachi
Target Audience: Micro-entrepreneurs
Number of Beneficiaries: 800

Methodology and Innovations:

  • In-person Mentoring Sessions with MF Clients
  • Database Management and Analysis
Soft Skills for 6 Trade Groups - TVET sector

Development design and delivery of training course to impart soft skills in students of the TVET sector along with building their technical capacity on the given courses to increase the employability.


: Lahore, Multan, Islamabad
Target Audience: TVET Sector
Number of Beneficiaries:

  • 80 Instructors of TVET Sector
  • 856 Students of TVET Sector

Methodology and Innovations: First-ever course on soft skills specifically designed for 6 trade groups of TVET sectors to increase the employability:

  • Fashion Designing Trade Group
  • Cooking and Baking Trade Group
  • Customer Care Trade Group
  • Stitching Machine Operator Trade Group
  • Electrician and Technician Trade Group
  • Safety and Surveyor Trade Group
02 Day Training on Microfinancing for Solar Products - IFC


Under the Lighting Asia (Pakistan) initiative of IFC, ECI was recruited to design 3 modules for training for the MFI staff of Rural Community Development Program (RCDP)



Location: District Jhang
Target Audience: Retailers, MFIs and Door-to-Door Sellers
Number of Beneficiaries:  59

Methodology and Innovations: Introduction of solar products in microfinance industry

3 flagship modules for:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • MF sector
  • Door to door sellers
Supporting Female Graduates Access into Information Technology (IT) Sector through Internship Program - Aurat Foundation & GEP


In collaboration with Aurat Foundation and GEP, this project was implemented for connecting female IT graduates to the corporate market through job or internship opportunities.



: Islamabad
Target Audience: Female IT Graduates
Number of Beneficiaries: 139

Methodology and Innovations: Female graduates first underwent multiple training courses including:

  • 3-Day Training on Gender, Sexual Harassment, Labor Laws and Protecting Women Friendly Environment
  • 3-week training on IT Employable Skills.
  • 139 female IT graduates were trained, and 135 were successfully placed at various software houses & IT companies in Islamabad & Rawalpindi
Community based Changemakers Programme for Business Solution to Social Problems - ILO


Working in conjunction with International Labour Organization (ILO), ECI designed a one-year project with the aim to develop a community-based mechanism for combating rising unemployment in Lasbela. 


Location: Lasbela
Target Audience: Male female community members
Number of Beneficiaries:  480

Methodology and Innovations:
Area specific innovative interventions were implemented by 32 community-based ‘Change makers’ including:

  • need-based technical trainings
  • job placement or enterprise development support
  • 15 EDTs were conducted for 438 beneficiaries
  • 4 JPTs were implemented for 67 beneficiaries
  • 353 beneficiaries participated in technical and vocational trainings
Strengthening Home-based Worker Groups - ILO

ECI were hired by ILO-GE4DE to design and deliver the multi-faceted strategies proposed in the recommendations of the assessment, to organize home-based workers through specific training, orientations and registrations.


Location: Charsadda, Thatta, Sakardu, Rahimyarkhan
Target Audience: Home-based Workers
Number of Beneficiaries: 587

Methodology and Innovations:

  • Established registered and recognized groups of homebased workers
  • Developed linkages of homebased workers with industry
  • Increased access of workers to market

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