Located in the regions around Lahore, Pakistan, Bunyaad was founded in the 1960’s by a Pakistani Baptist pastor and rug artisan as a way to create and sustain rug knotting jobs in rural villages. Bunyaad works with both Christian and Muslim rug artisans, giving people the opportunity to work together, transcending differences of religion, custom and tradition. In this manner, Bunyaad is a peace-building project in addition to being a job creation project.
Over the years, Bunyaad has grown to include over 850 families in roughly 100 villages throughout Pakistan. Bunyaad’s finishing center and warehouse are both located in Lahore, Pakistan’s second largest city.
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