Akhuwat Institute of Social Enterprise & Management (AISEM)

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WELCOME TO AISEM

The Akhuwat Institute of Social Enterprise & Management (AISEM) is situated in the heart of Lahore, just adjacent to Liberty Market, Gulberg. The institute is housed in a purpose built campus of over 22,000 square feet. The training and research center is a multi-level building with four customized training rooms, syndicate rooms, one of the most unique libraries in the area of social development and complementary support offices. This facility is fully air conditioned with the latest training related equipment. The complete facility is linked with wifi and there are numerous computers available for research work being conducted by the training participants. The second building of the compound is a residential facility which can easily cater to the boarding and lodging requirements of upto 50 participants. It is complemented with a separate dining area and lounge area with all types of amenities. There are also recreational facilities available for the participants. The third component of compound houses an Integrated Incubator Centre for micro enterprises. Twenty micro enterprises are being nurtured, developed and facilitated in this incubator. The businesses of the micro entrepreneurs range from artificial jewelry making, embroidery, spare parts manufacturing, electrical items, clothes stitching, leather products etc etc.

Our Goals

We envisage AISEM to develop as a regional centre of excellence for social enterprise and management. Currently, we are focusing on two main areas: one is Research, Consultancy and Training, and the second is Akhuwat-MyBiz Pakistan Incubator. Throug h our research, consultancy and training we want to promote best practices in the social sector; provide men-toring services, coaching, enterprise development and aid capacity building of organisations. In addition to that, we offer courses in performance management, project management, stra-tegic management, human resource management and financial management, budget man-agement etc. In addition to generic courses, AISEM offers customised courses catering to organisational needs. AISEM is also applying for an "Institute Charter"and will launch PGD and Masters Degrees in Social Enterprise Development. The Akhuwat MyBiz Pakistan Incubator is for micro-entrepreneurs. Our pilot project has been launched with 25 micro-entrepreneurs. After the first nine months we want to scale it up to 100 incubatees and than subsequently to 500. The incubator will provide the following services to micro-entrepreneurs: Angel Invest-ment; Capacity Development; Forward and Backward integration of their business by networking them together; Social Media and Marketing. AISEM is also engaged in Event Management. It has an experience of over 14 years in organizing conferences, seminars and workshops. It has worked in conjunction with Govt, Social and Corporate Sectors. AISEM con-sultancy services provide one stop complete solutions and services to its clients through an experienced team of researchers, surveyors, subject specialists, management consultants and broad spectrum internationally recognized trainers.

Vision

A poverty free society built on the principles of compassion and equity.

Mission

To alleviate poverty by empowering socially and economically marginalized families through interest free microfinance and by harnessing entrepreneurial potential, capacity building and social guidance.

Our Objectives

Akhuwat operates on the basis of the following objectives:

  • To provide interest free microfinance services to poor families enabling them to become self-reliant
  • To promote interest-free loans (Qarz-a-Hasan) as a viable model and a broad-based solution for poverty alleviation.
  • To provide social guidance, capacity building, education and entrepreneurial training.
  • To institutionalize the spirit of brotherhood, compassion, and volunteerism.
  • To transform Akhuwat borrowers into donors.
  • To make Akhuwat a sustainable, growth-oriented and replicable organization.

The Way Forward

Akhuwat through its different programs is providing holistic and integrated solutions to the destitute underprivileged segments of society in Pakistan. It is inculcating the spirit and philosophy of Akhuwat in the hearts and mind of millions of peoples around the world. Akhuwat inspires to expand its outreach whereby it can provide financial, health and educational facilities to over 2.5 million families by the year 2020, through its own organizational initiatives and by promoting its replication model. It also intends to take its foot print across the borders of Pakistan and alleviate the deprivation of impoverished communities in other regions.