Chairperson's Message

The Ra’ana Liaquat Craftsmen’s Colony (RLCC) was born amidst the chaos and upheaval of Partition. The First Lady of the newly formed country, Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan, had the foresight to envisage a self-sufficient community craft colony with built-in support services, including health and education. Since its inception, RLCC has been at the forefront of the women’s movement in Pakistan and has operated as a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization focusing on addressing gender issues and driving women’s participation in decision making processes. 

The need for  a  holistic community that  supports  the  economic and  social wellbeing of  its beneficiaries remains as relevant today as it was in 1947. Pakistan is marred with deep inequality and swathes of the population lack access to the most basic amenities, including education, healthcare and economic opportunity. RLCC strives to address this inequality in its target community, Shah Faisal Colony, and other underprivileged areas of Pakistan, by fulfilling its mandate to improve women’s lives by alleviating poverty, building capacity, enabling women to exercise agency in decision making and furthering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

In its 65 years of operation, RLCC has had a direct and tangible impact on its beneficiary community. We have empowered thousands of women who are now better able to make critical decisions regarding matters of health, education and their livelihoods. 

We have also developed a strong local presence, a sustainable development strategy and have furthered our outreach and capacity building strategy. We have received  invaluable support by a range  of specialized  strategic  partners, which has enabled us to deliver targeted assistance to our beneficiary communities, and to scale our efforts. RLCC is above all, about community and our work would not be possible without our unshakeable community of support.

We look forward to calling upon you, our community, for support as we plan ahead for the future. In order to expand and to meet the evolving needs of not only Shah Faisal Colony, but of the many underprivileged areas in Pakistan, we need to design more innovative programs and services, provide continued support and greater outreach.

So together, we can realize RLCC’s vision and transform lives.


Chairperson of Ra'ana Liaquat Craftsmen's Colony