• Shams Wazir
  • Dr. Mumtaz A. Baloch


Poverty Alleviation, Cottage Industries, Balochistan, Pakistan


This descriptive study analyzes the impact of home-based cottage industries on alleviating poverty in Quetta Balochistan. Cottage industries play a significant role as the backbone for the socioeconomic development of a region. In the current study, 68.5% of the SMEs were found to be engaged in embroidery work, 24.5% in handicrafts and only 7% in making decoration pieces. The findings also showed that embroidery work offered the highest income compared to the production of handicrafts and decoration pieces. By working in one or more of these fields, many of the workers are able to earn enough to enjoy a good livelihood, supporting not only their own family’s financial needs, but also taking part in the industrial development of the country. It is, therefore recommended that the Government of Balochistan and other responsible institutions systematize SME development plan to facilitate promoting Quetta’s home-based cottage industries, especially among the female population. The Government may provide the cottage industry owners with the required resources, equipment as well as basic training to help them market their products domestically and internationally.

Author Biographies

Shams Wazir

Shams Wazir is a PhD scholar at the Balochistan Study Center, University of Balochistan, Quetta. Her area of research includes Poverty Alleviation, Women Empowerment, Cottage Industry, and Social Research. She can be contacted via email at shamswazirjafari@gmail.com

Dr. Mumtaz A. Baloch

Dr. Mumtaz Ali Baloch is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, University of Balochistan. Dr. Baloch is a distinguished research Professor and HEC Approved Supervisor. His area of research specialization incudes Community Development, Rural Development, Proposal Development, Small Industry Research, and Social Research. Dr. Baloch can be reached at seek.2009@yahoo.com


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