Women for Women International

Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.
Aug 29, 2014

Meet Zarghuna

Decades of violence in Afghanistan have left millions of women and girls displaced or widowed. Common discriminatory practices, amplified by extremist groups, often make it dangerous for women to seek education, healthcare services, employment, or, in some cases, even to leave their homes.

Women like Zarghuna have not lost hope. With your help, the Women for Women International – Afghanistan team provides our yearlong training programs for women, as well as programs to engage men.

One of my friends told me about Women for Women International and how it provided training for women. When I joined, I found myself in a group of 25 women. That’s when I learned that I wasn’t alone in my suffering. There are other women, who have the same pain and the same hardships. To realize that was amazing. I went to the organization for a year until I graduated. After that I succeeded in finding a job in embroidery and handicraft. And I was always thinking about how I could build my own business. Eventually I decided to take a micro-loan of $500. From there I started selling my embroidered products and my business grew quickly. I am so proud to be able to tell you that I have $30,000 in the bank. And just a month ago, I was able to purchase machinery for $18,000 to improve my business. One day I know I will have a huge business in Afghanistan. I only wish to see peace in my country and expand my business more and more. For now, I am so happy that I am providing employment to 120 women, women who once suffered a lot. It’s not only women that I hire. I also have men as employees and helping us with the sales.

I am always talking with the women. I wanted to share all my experiences and I tell them to be strong, as I became strong. I explain to them how I transformed from victim to active citizen. “So you have it. This is a lesson learned for each of you. You have to take that step to move forward.” And as for my daughter—this year she is graduating from high school and I have a dream to see her in a university. On her graduation day from university, I will be relaxed.

Aug 29, 2014

Meet Zainab

With limited access to health services and education, patriarchal norms, and mounting violence, Nigerian women struggle to gain economic opportunities and equality. Common discriminatory practices, amplified by extremist groups, subject women and girls to dangers, including forced early marriage and the possibility they will face violence for going to school.

Yet women like Zainab have not lost hope. With your help, the Women for Women International – Nigeria team provides our yearlong training program for women, as well as programs to engage men. 

“The turning point in my life is when I joined Women for Women International. I heard about the program from a participant who graduated, and decided to join because she told me that I would receive both emotional and financial support from the program."

She received poultry farm training but, “During the sessions on decision-making and women’s rights, my eyes were opened. It made me appreciate myself more as a human being. I thought that only men had rights to everything. I never believed that I had rights, nor did I understand gender equality. I have always been taught that a woman has no right until marriage, and when married, her right ends with caring for her family. If she had to claim any other right, it had to be given to her by her husband. Learning that I was born with all my rights was very interesting."

For Zainab, becoming part of a support network of other women has provided her strength and the ability to stand up for her rights. “The greatest change in my life is the emotional relief I have received from the trainings offered. Being in the Women for Women International program has helped me to build friendships with women of other religions and tribes. We support each other emotionally and financially when need be. I visit their homes and they also visit mine. I am so grateful for being a part of this program.”

Aug 13, 2014

South Sudan's Current Economic and Food Crisis

South Sudan is currently facing a serious economic and food security crisis.  An estimated 4 million people are in urgent need of food.  While most large scale humanitarian relief efforts are focused on bringing food into the country, Women for Women International (WfWI) is on the ground teaching women how to make their own. WfWI is raising critical funds for training tools like brick wood-burning ovens in our South Sudan country offices.  Your donation will give program participants the chance to learn the skills and access the tools they need to start bakeries that provide food for their communities and a source of income for their families.

In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community. For over 20 years, WfWI has helped more than 407,000 women in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan.

WfWI's yearlong program provides women in conflict-affected areas with financial and emotional aid, job-skills training, rights education and small business assistance so they can transform their lives. In WfWI's South Sudan country office, program participants receive job-skills training in bakery. Participants trained in bakery are not only learning how to prepare bread, mandazi, and doughnuts, but also how to effectively market and sell their goods. Donate today and give these women the tools they need to create a better future for themselves and their families. 



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