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Tailoring: A Small-Business Skill for Afghan Women



About 700 women each month learn tailoring and how to run a small tailoring business from their homes. Women enter the 6-month course not knowing how to thread a needle; they leave with a livelihood.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Poverty remains widespread in Afghanistan's struggling economy. Refugees returning home have found their livelihoods destroyed. Widows are especially vulnerable to unemployment and poverty. In order to help widows and other women who would like to learn a skill that they can use to support themselves and their children, Afghan Institute of Learning began tailoring classes, which now serve over 700 women per month. These classes teach women to sew a wide variety of clothing from patterns.

How will this project solve this problem?

During the 6-month tailoring course, women learn to compute their budget for clothes and savings from making their own clothes. They learn to make a variety of clothes from patterns. Health, peace, and women's rights lessons are also taught.

Potential Long Term Impact

Women learn to save money they would have spent on clothes to purchase a sewing machine and start a small business. Course graduates sew their families' clothes, start a home-based business, and/or become sewing teachers.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $77,294
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $22,706
Total Funding Goal: $100,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Project Leader

Toc Dunlap

Executive Director
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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Map of Tailoring: A Small-Business Skill for Afghan Women
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