Tailoring: A Small-Business Skill for Afghan Women

 
$77,648
$22,352
Raised
Remaining
Dec 22, 2011

A Great Year for 1719 Afghan Women

During 2011, 1719 women were instructed in sewing through the learning centers of the Afghan Institute of Learning.  That means that 1719 women are better equipped to become independent and/or financially assist their families.  Many of these women open their own businesses, while others sew from their homes and provide clothing for their own families and members of their community for a small fee.  Still others go to work for large businesses that require their skill level.

Thank you to all of you who provided support for these women.  

Oct 13, 2011

Another Successful Afghan Woman

AIL is continuing to teach women tailoring as a skill that they can learn quickly and immediately improve their circumstances.  As these women graduate from the program, they set up businesses in their own homes sewing clothing for other people in their community.  Sabra* had this to say:

"I am a house wife the same as the other women in Darqara village a part of Enjil district, Herat. I am 28 years old and I am the mother of three children.

Once I heard the neighbors talking about a new established learning center which provides services such as: literacy, Arabic, and sewing for those women who are house wife and uneducated with a very less payment and even they enroll the poor in the course without any payment. I consulted with my husband and shared the issue with him; he told if this center is only for women you can go and learn sewing.

I went to the learning center and based on the information I got from the office knew that this center is only for women and girls. I registered myself in the sewing course and, as a result of my efforts and the teachers’ efforts, I could learn this profession within eight months.

Now in Darqaraa village I am busy with this profession and solve my family and neighbors’ problems. I live in a good economic situation and help my husband with the house expanses. I keep praying for this foundation and the teachers which saved me from joblessness."

Another AIL Project, “Transform Lives of 70,000 Afghan Adolescent Girls” has been chosen to be part of the Girl Effect Challenge, which runs from October 15 through November 15, 2011.  Approximately 60 projects have been included in this challenge.  The top six projects with the highest number of unique donations will become part of the Girl Effect Fund for one year and each is expected to earn an additional $25,000.  Please check out our project #8791, and thank you for your generous support of our programs!

Jul 7, 2011

Another successful story

A Story from one student at the Yacoobi Foundation Women’s Learning Center (WLC):

 Farishta, one of the students of Yacoobi Foundation WLC, relates the impact of AIL’s programs on her village and family:  “One year ago I was illiterate like other women of Afghanistan. I was in my house without any fun and studying and I didn’t have any job and was in a poor economic situation. I came to the AIL Yacoobi Foundation center and I learned to be a tailor.  Now I can sew my family’s clothes and the clothes of others in the village.   I earn 2000 Afghanis per month. Now I can buy things for my children. I know that AIL works very effectively.”

Apr 5, 2011

Ghoncha's Good News

Ghoncha is a student in one of AIL’s Tailoring classes and says: “I joined this class at the center and now I have learned so much from my teacher and classmates. I learned how to make clothes and sew.  Now I have contracted with one dress shop and I get a wage for each dress and due to this I solved my family’s problem.  All of this is because of AIL.”

Dec 28, 2010

Five Reasons to Celebrate

Five Reasons to Celebrate

The year 2010 has been one of many challenges for people throughout the world. In Afghanistan, insecurity, violence, and poverty continue to threaten communities. But the people of Afghanistan are strong and hopeful, and they are working hard to overcome these challenges. At the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), we see it every day. You can help Afghans, particularly women and children, to create a better future for themselves and their families with a contribution to AIL through Global Giving.   

Looking back upon the year, what we focus on are our reasons to celebrate.

  • As a generous donor to AIL, you are a gift to us and to the people of Afghanistan. We thank you and they thank you!!!

In fact, you make all of the other reasons to celebrate possible.  Here is the rest of AIL’s top five reasons to celebrate in 2010:

  • Fatima’s story. Fatima is 22 is and has just graduated from Herat University and come to work with AIL. As a young girl, her school was closed by the Taliban.  She continued studying in one of AIL’s underground home schools and in 2002, reentered high school, graduated and went on to university. Today, her dream, we are humbled to learn, is to work for AIL. She said, “AIL works for people, AIL helps needy people and AIL works among people.  Also AIL’s wish is that Afghan woman and girls can support themselves and their families so the Afghan woman and girls are interested in this project.”
  • Each of the more than 7.9 million people (70% female) who have participated in AIL’s programs since 1996 is a reason to celebrate.  In spite of many challenges, they have chosen to improve their lives and their communities by attending AIL’s Teacher Training, Learning Centers, workshops, and schools; seeking health care and health education at AIL’s health clinics; or receiving AIL’s Community Health Workers into their homes.
  • AIL’s new gynecological and surgical hospital opened in October 2010. It is the only private women’s hospital in Herat province. To keep the reasons to celebrate continuing, fees paid by patients who can afford them will eventually help subsidize AIL’s services at community-based clinics.
  • The Cultural Association Center, a new Learning Center AIL opened in April 2010, located in a rural area about 50 km from Herat City.  The people of the area are very poor and primarily illiterate.  The community learned about AIL’s ability to help them offer educational opportunities to their citizens and worked together to build a small facility. Although all communities are involved in the establishment and sustainability of their centers, this rural area was able to rally its citizens to make this project a success. Through November, nearly 300 students, all of them female, have attended courses at the Center. Subjects included Arabic, Tailoring/Sewing, Math, and Literacy.

 

Your renewed support will help AIL and the Afghan people start 2011 with renewed hope. If you have not yet renewed your support for AIL, please donate today and tell a friend. Thank you and best wishes.

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Sakena Yacoobi

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Dearborn, Michigan United States

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