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The untold story of Baluchistani entrepreneur; Imran Khan Hara


Balochistan is the land where the most ancient signs of life were found in the form of the largest mammal known, one resembling the present-day rhinoceros, Baluchitherium, dating back to the Oligocene period.

Balochistan is also home to the relics of the earliest documented human civilization found at Mehergarh. The discovery has pushed the age of civilization in areas that now form Pakistan by 2000 years. In other words, 2000 years before Indus Valley Civilization, there was a bustling civilization in Mehergarh near Bolan.

However, along with the historical perspective of this land, the young cadre of this beautiful Balochistan is full of great talented youth who have proved their talents and visions to the world. Among those talented gems is Imran Khan Hara.

Hara belongs to the Sibi district which is the hottest region of Pakistan. He is a young Entrepreneur in the sector of E-commerce. He is the Founder and CEO of an online shop called Balochi Traditional Shop-BTS. This online shop is a brand of hand-embroidered products called (Kundi). Kundi is an embroidered thread work with unique designs and colors created in the Tehsil Lahri of Sibi District. The business was initially started by creating a page on Facebook. The page became so popular that its products were sold not only in Pakistan but worldwide too. The products were Customized Handmade Wallets, bags, keychains, and many other embroidered stuffs.

He is performing multiple tasks to bring improvement in society.  He believes in practical work rather than just theories. It is the reason he takes action and performs work on several platforms and serves society. There is a long list of his contributions. He is an active member of many welfare organizations. He is the founder of the campaign for Sibi green. He is also contributing as the Philanthropist, Culture & Climate Change Activist, Traveler & Influencer.

Moreover, he has a long journey of struggle. He was born in the deprived family of Sibi in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. He had to work from an early age to meet the financial needs of his family. He sold rice (biryani), ran a shop, worked in medical stores, and many other efforts.  He was dropped out of school, but he resumed his education. He matriculated from Govt; boys high school railway colony Sibi. He did intermediate from Govt Boys Degree College Sibi and later obtained BSc degree in Geography from the University of Balochistan.

The Handicrafts of Balochistan has drawn admiration and popularity throughout the world. These Handicraft products are famous for the delicacy of their unique designs and attractive colors. These art pieces are created mostly by females. They do not go out of their houses for work. They produce handicrafts at home and after selling the products they generate additional earning for the family. Balochistan has a low literacy rate and minimal infrastructure.

Although Balochistan is rich in traditional Handicrafts craftsmen did not have any platform to promote their handicraft. The valuable products were not even reached the local markets properly. The lack of awareness and acknowledgment was fading their artwork each passing day.  Balochi Traditional Shop-BTS is a social enterprise. It took a stand to restore their artwork and promote the products not only in Pakistan but internationally too. The skilled people were given a proper platform to sell their products without any hassle and were guided to grow as per their capacity. The quality of handmade products was collected from skilled artisans and sold online. It provided them employment opportunities and make them able to sell their handicrafts goods to a high-end market.

Hara has a positive attitude towards life. His perspective of life is to smile in every situation. He believes that every work can be done with hard work and without taking stress. The struggle should be done with smiling from inside, with inspiration and motivation. He helps people with his motivational speeches and gives them hope and direction towards progress and prosperity. He leads needy people to grow financially with dignity and grace.

Imran khan Hara is an inspiration to the youngsters of Balochistan. Those who want to pursue their goals and progress by bringing positive change in society He is setting a model role for others. he proved that with skills, talent and hard work one can overcome all difficulties and bring an improvement in the surroundings.

The way he is using social media portfolios and social networking sites is appreciative, the great value of artwork can be encouraged by utilizing these kinds of digital sources more positively. There are few people like Hara in Pakistan who knows how a local artists can generate revenue by their small efforts.

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