Profiles of Investees

BeautyHooked.com, founded by Sahr Said, is a unique and disruptive online beauty shopping experience which for brands combines marketing with sales on a single platform; and for consumers provides authentic products and expert guidance in the form of content and consultation, on beauty & beauty shopping. Beauty Hooked is using Karandaaz funding to scale operations, expand nationally and increase brand reach.

Lightstone Publishers Pvt Ltd was established in July 2018 and is purely a Pakistani women-owned publisher. It is working to improve the standard of education in Pakistan by publishing world-class but affordable school textbooks based on the Pakistan National Curriculum. A large number of schools and tens of thousands of students are using Lightstone textbooks across the country. Karandaaz funds are supporting us in growing our business and in our quest to publish more books, improve our infrastructure and recruit more staff in sales promotion, editorial and finance.

Tippitoes under the management of Rafia Zahid, is a clothing and accessories brand, catering to infants and children, ranging from newborns to 6 year old. Eager to expand its network, Tippitoes is using Karandaaz Women Ventures’ funding to expand operations and increase the number of outlets.

Trimmers run by Ismah Mahmood, an ex-Investment banker offers a full range of hair, skin & spa services with a goal to provide state of the art, hygienic service in comfortable surroundings. Currently, Ismah manages 3 branches; one for women, one for men and one for students and faculty at a leading university in Lahore. Using Karandaaz’s funding, she hopes to expand her branch network further, and will be introducing gym and café facilities onsite.

Bear Necessities is co-founded by Summaiya Zaidi, a lawyer by profession who is in the process of finishing her PhD. Bear Necessities produces and retails international quality handcrafted leather goods that are simple, practical and durable. Under Summaiya’s leadership, the company has entered the international market, and is using Karandaaz funds to strengthen production capacity in Pakistan as well as brand promotion abroad.

Sara Salman, named after the owner, is a fashion label and a true representation of traditional Pakistani fashion mixed with contemporary cuts. Sara Salman is using Karandaaz investment to expand operations and open a new outlet in Lahore.

Nisha Beauty Salon is a full-service salon in Karachi that caters to the beauty needs of women. Named after the owner who has extensive experience in the beauty industry, Nisha Beauty Salon has evolved into an established brand in the highly competitive mid-range beauty market in Karachi. Committed to expanding further, Nisha Beauty Salon has opened a new and larger branch in Karachi with Karandaaz’s support.

Sarang Sindhi Cuisine has brought the taste of Sindh to the Capital City by opening a restaurant in a commercial locality. Abida Talpur started Sarang from her own kitchen and later opened a restaurant. Committed to developing local demand for Sindhi Cuisine, Sarang Sindhi Cuisine approached Karandaaz for growth capital. Today Sarang Sindhi Cuisine has two restaurants in Islamabad and also provides home delivery and catering service.

New Age Flour and General Mills is located in Peshawar and owned and managed by a mother daughter team;– Roida Amjad and her daughters, Zarmina and Haleema. The women run the mill in a male dominated industry operating in one of the more culturally conservative parts of Pakistan. Today New Age Flour Mill is known in the market for the quality of its product and strong business ethics. Karandaaz investment has assisted the team in upgrading their outdated machinery, allowing them to increase production capacity and meet their rising market demand.

Web Work Solution is founded by Fatin Gondal and Adam Ghaznavi, the inspiration for starting their business came during their employment at an internet company. Today Web Works is a leading e-commerce solutions provider in the local market, and is paving the path for becoming a competitive international player in the web-development space. Karandaaz investment has enabled essential investment in staff capacity and certification to enable entry in a competitive international market.

M-Tex an emerging name in the B2B textile design and production business is run by Samina Masood. With a vision to provide quality service in the textile multi-head embroidery sector, and to diversify the product portfolio along the value chain, Samina started this business in 2014. By pursuing her passion for textile, Samina shifted her career path drastically, having previously worked in a leading private school for 18 years. Over a short span of time, she has established M-Tex as a partner of choice for top clothing retail brands known for timely delivery, high quality and excellent customer service. Karandaaz investment has supported M-Tex in the construction of its factory building, which will enable expansion in complementing textile manufacturing services.

Lel designs custom-made high-quality furniture, using semi-precious stones and marble. Owned by mother daughter duo; Farhana and Mehrunissa Asad Lel works to preserve and evolve the art of handcrafted stone inlay, while giving employment opportunities to local Afghan artisans displaced by conflict. With Karandaaz’s investment Lel has a showroom for its designs, and is in the process of constructing a new workshop. It is also working to enhance their international presence, and strengthen production.

Noha Global is the brainchild of Neelofer Kazmi who spotted this service gap during her employment with the United Nations. It is the only facility management service provider in Pakistan registered with the International Facility Management Association. Noha Global provides fully integrated waste management, HR outsourcing and procurement services to its corporate clients. Karandaaz’s investment has helped Noha carry out the necessary capital investment to offer a full range of facility management services and to expand operations.

Kamal Impex is a trader of apparel goods, that sources clothing from SMEs and vendors, and then supplies them to leading modern trade markets, such as Hyper Star and Metro Cash and Carry. Madiha Bilal, started this business inspired by her family’s strong linkages with the textile sector in the past. Karandaaz’s investment has helped Kamal Impex improve its trading model focusing on efficient warehouse management and textile manufacturing (stitching units).

Saira Rizwan is an established fashion brand in Pakistan owned by the designer Saira Rizwan. It deals in high-end designer clothing and manufactures pret, formal and bridal wear for women. Saira Rizwan has an efficient business model that keeps a close watch on evolving market trends. Karandaaz’s investment has been used to open a new outlet in Lahore in response to growing market demand.

Clayworks is Pakistan’s leading manufacturer of ceramic tableware, decorative items, tiles, and accessories. Owned by Mahbina Waheed, Clayworks is an established brand in the handcrafted ceramics market. It not only supplies to the local market but also has an international presence. Karandaaz’s investment has helped Clayworks to make significant expansion in their production capacity, facilitating their ability to meet demand.

Polly and Other Stories is Pakistan’s first online store for handmade, unique products sourced directly from artisans and small businesses from across the region. Founded by the dynamic duo Amneh Sheikh Farooqi and Angie Braid, Polly & Other Stories is currently working with 65 micro businesses, 80 percent of which are owned by or employ a significant number of women. Karandaaz’s investment enabled the business to expand from an online operation to a brick and mortar outlet, which increased sales and provided higher brand visibility.

Aero Engine Craft is the brainchild of Dr. Sarah Qureshi and her father. Together, they designed contrail free aero-engines that induce artificial rain during aircraft flight through an on-board water recovery system from fuel emissions. The innovative and revolutionary design will not only reduce aviation induced global warming but also adopt an approach to treat fuel emissions as a resource. With Karandaaz’s support, Dr. Sarah aims to convert the patented technology into a full-scale commercial application ready to be used by modern civil transport aircraft.

Organic Jiyo is an exclusive online retailer for natural, organic, and health food products in Pakistan. Anoshia Naseer, the co-founder, aims is to make Organic Jiyo the largest national retailer of organic products in the country by bridging the gap between local producers and the market. Karandaaz’s investment has helped Organic Jiyo expand operations and increase the line of products offered online.

Zari Faisal Designs is an e-commerce based fashion and lifestyle product and content influencer platform. Zari Faisal, the founder, manufactures high-end clothing at high street prices and retails them via her website, mainly targeting millennials and upcoming Generation Z. Karandaaz’s investment has supported Zari Faisal Designs in scaling up operations that have brought stability to the business and strengthened brand recognition in the market.

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