Karachi: The Pakistan Petroleum Limited-Behbud Industrial Home (PPL-BIH) was inaugurated on December 17. The project aims to increase livelihood generation potential of local women residing near the company’s Adhi Field in Mastala, Tehsil Gujjar Khan, District Rawalpindi, Punjab.
Manager, Adhi Field PPL Shaheen Parwez Akhtar inaugurated the facility along with Behbood Association of Pakistan’s (BAP) President Abida Malik and Executive Director Rear Admiral (R) Muhammad Mushtaq.
Initially established by PPL in 2011 under the name of Women Vocational Training Centre (WVTC), PPL-BIH has evolved into an industrial unit for developing traditional clothing, accessories and leather goods by local women trained at the centre. Income from the sale of manufactured goods will not only enhance women’s income but also enable PPL-BIH to manage its operational cost. PPL has already provided Rs. 5 million to BAP for machinery and fixtures.
Since 2011, over 700 local women have been trained in stitching, embroidery and dress making at the centre. In 2014, BAP partnered with PPL to operate the centre while engaging trained local women, who now number over 500, in carrying out traditional embroidery on dresses sold directly at BAP outlets, enabling them to generate regular income.
In another CSR initiative, Coord. DMD (E&BD), PPL Syed Firasat Shah handed over around 150 fuel-efficient and smokeless stoves to local communities belonging to Harboi and Sheikhari union councils of District Kalat, Balochistan between December 16 and 17. This is the first stage of the project as a total of 400 stoves are scheduled to be disbursed.
The distribution of fuel-efficient stoves by PPL, as part of its CSR programme for communities living around its Kalat and Margand blocks, aims to improve their health profile, particularly women and children, leading to a better quality of life. Besides, the donated stoves use 40 to 50 percent less firewood than the traditional ones, which will clearly reduce the burden on precious Juniper wood which is the major fuel source in the area.