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Hyper-local Manufacturing on the Final Frontier

Raising the value of handcrafted products made in Pakistan

As part of a series of “fireside chats” sponsored by R.I.S.E. Artisan Fund, Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui of Polly & Other Stories and Afshan Abbas of Fuchsia Shoes conversed from opposite sides of the globe about the artisans of Pakistan, the final frontier for impact investors, how their companies managed to gain momentum during COVID, and what they need to reach their goals. Afshan Abbas, Co-Founder and CEO of Fuchsia Shoes, would like to correct an injustice – the severe under-valuation of handcrafted products made by highly skilled Pakistani artisans. “We want their craft to compete with Italian craftsmanship,” Abbas said in…
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Robert Hurst is a freelance writer who has authored 13 books. Recently, he has worked as a grant writer, creating proposals for a wide range of nonprofits, and as a consultant to Athena Global Alliance focused on gender lens investing. He lives in Denver with his wife and daughter.

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