Tailoring: A Small-Business Skill for Afghan Women

Aug 16, 2007

Update of the Tailoring Project—August 2007

Classes in tailoring continue to be one of the most popular classes offered in AIL’s Women Learning Centers. After six months of intensive study, the women are able to sew their own clothes and also sew for others. Their skill helps their families because it decreases the amount that must be paid to outside tailors and, in some cases, allows the woman to earn money for her family by sewing clothes of neighbors and relatives.

There is an added benefit for the women coming for the tailoring classes as most also then take literacy classes and learn to read and write. While in their tailoring class, they are also taught about health, human rights and peace while they sew.

In 2007, there have been more than 900 women studying in tailoring classes in the Kabul, Balkh and Herat Provinces and in AIL’s Women’s Learning Centers in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Following is the story of one woman who came to AIL’s Women’s Learning Center as written and translated by one of the AIL staff members. The story shows not only how beneficial the sewing class was but also how the literacy and other classes were of benefit to her:

• “When I became aware of this center [AIL’s Center], I came and started learning in the sewing class but because I was illiterate I could not pass so I decided to go to the literacy class and besides that I got admission in the embroidery class. After I passed the 2nd grade, again I got admission in the sewing class. This time I could pass the course with an excellent score. Now I am able to sew clothes with good designs and embroidery and through it I have a good income for myself and my family.”


About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Project Leader

Toc Dunlap

Executive Director
Dearborn, Michigan United States

Where is this project located?

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