Pakistan, Asia

PAK01c - Sewing Centre - Faisalabad

Partnership Ref.:



Azam & Barbara Gill



Funding Status:

Completed - No Funding Required

Partnership Type:

Training / Education, Community / Agriculture Development

Funding Size:

$0 - $2,999

Annual Budget:

US$ 0

Connected To:

PAK01 , PAK01a , PAK01d , PAK05 , PAK05a , PAK06 , PAK06a , PAK08


Population: 184.8 million

Life Expectancy: 66.0 years

GDP: US$1022 per capita

Unemployed: 15.0%

60.3% earn less than US$2/day

Partnership Overview

learning new skillThe rural people in Pakistan are mainly poor peasants and daily labourers. Few of them own land, it has been bought or obtained by wealthy people. The average person struggles to make a living. There is a great deal of hardship. Most Christian people in these areas are at the bottom of the food chain, the poorest of the poor. This partnership seeks to help them by training women to sew thus enabling them to increase their household income and at the very least to save money on their costs. 

History of Partnership
For a number of years BHW has been partnering with Azam and Barbara Gill. Azam comes from this rural area near to Faisalabad. When visiting his family and the Christians there he started to wonder how he could help them. The first village is about 70 km from Faisalabad and village number 2 is 125 km from Faisalabad. These villages do not have names, just numbers. 

grateful to learnFor about five years Azam and Barbara have been organising sewing programmes around Islamabad and they have seen the changes that come when the women are trained to sew. They explored the possibility of doing something similar in this rural area. In 2013 a pilot programme was commenced with the intention that it will become a regular programme in different villages from year to year. 

This is the very first time someone has commenced any development, training or anything like a sewing centre in the village since it was founded. The people of the villages, both men and women, are very happy that their women will benefit from the training which will help them to earn some rupees. 

The direct beneficiaries will be the women who learn this new skill. The secondary beneficiaries will be the families of these women who will be able to save costs on their own clothing and make a little income from other people. 

Hard at workInitially Christian people will be given preference, but others will be allowed to participate as well. In the first course there were 13 Moslem women and 7 Christian women. 

What We Like About The Partnership 

This programme is aimed at the poorest of the poor. Most of them struggle to live. It also assists the minority people in this community to gain some dignity by learning new skills. 

In addition it forms a basis for other ongoing involvement with the community to bring other forms of development. It assists Azam to contribute to the community and in doing so engage the leaders in conversation, not an easy thing to do without a reason. 

It is certainly addressing a felt need in the willage. 


Key coupleKey People

Leadership Profile

Azam and Barbara Gill
Azam has been in Christian ministry since the late 1990's and is very passionate about the Good News. He is married to Barbara and they have three children, two boys and one girl. He became a follower of Jesus in 1987 and in 1991 joined Bible School in Pakistan. They are well known and have served the community for many years, especially in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. He has a heart for church planting and development and sees the benefit of providing training and education to the poor in his community. 

They both come from Christian backgrounds, Azam from Christian Brethren and Barbara from Baptist. They are passionate about seeing communities transformed by the power of the Good News and the presence of local churches. Barbara is a school teacher and is leading the development of the training and poverty reduction programmes. Azam is fearless in his proclamation of the gospel and travels around a lot preaching and training people.

tutorOther People Involved 

A tutor has been employed to teach the women. Her name is Mrs Gulshan Akhter. She is a Moslem lady who has been trained as a sewing teacher and has some experience.


Vision And Annual Strategy
The strategy is to run two or three sewing projects in different villages around Faisalabad. It is dependant on finding villages that want the programme and tutors. Each person who graduates receives a sewing machine so they can immediately commence sewing. 

Annual Budget

The budget for a project in a village is around $US2,200 per village per year and they are currently being run in two villages.