Young Entrepreneurs

Fatima’s story

At just fifteen, Fatima is already part of a prize-winning entrepreneurial team, and one which is focused entirely on empowering other entrepreneurs – especially women. Fatima and four of her schoolmates have come up with an idea to change this – an e-commerce platform that will connect local, home-based producers with customers further afield, including the many tourists who visit Hunza each year.

Aliza’s story

Inspired by their own experiences, when Aliza (16) and her friends took part in Enterprise Challenge Pakistan, they decided to focus on a mental health service for teenagers. Their business name, Istehkaam, is an Urdu word meaning ‘stability’.  ‘Mental health is such a taboo in our society,’ Aliza explains, ‘This is why Istehkaam was created, so we break this caustic taboo.’

Usaid’s story

Usaid (15) is a keen environmentalist, so when he took part in Enterprise Challenge Pakistan, it’s not surprising that his team’s business idea had a green angle – using an online platform to recycle and sell second-hand clothing from Pakistan.

A Case Study: Coco Katora

At just 16, Arsala is already a prize-winning entrepreneur.

She and her teammates, from St. Joseph’s Convent School, Matric Campus, won this year’s Enterprise Challenge Pakistan with the idea of replacing plastic crockery with eco-friendly coconut shell bowls. They’re now preparing to launch their business, Coco Katora, in real life.

Katora means ‘bowl in Urdu, and as she shows off the prototypes, Arsala describes how they eliminate waste and pollution at both ends of the production line.

‘Plastic waste ends up in landfills or seas where it harms marine life,’ Arsala explains, ‘When local vendors sell coconut products, they usually discard or burn the shells.

Our bowls reduce waste and pollution at both ends.’

The girls plan to source waste coconut shells, clean and sand them, and then sell them on. They hope to start by replacing the plastic bowls in their own school canteen, before also targeting other schools, urban food festivals, and street food vendors who sell their wares in single-use plastic containers.