Fatima, one of the sewing students, talks about the benefits of learning sewing at the AIL center:
“I am thirty years old. I have two children and we have economic problems. My husband is a painter who works hard in the rural areas of our country. I tried a lot but couldn’t find a way to earn a little money; I wanted to help my family. I chose this job (sewing) because this way I can find money for us and I can help our family. One of my neighbors learned to sew at the AIL Center. She learned sewing and bought a sewing machine and earned money to spend in the family and children and right now she does her business in order to help her family. In fact she motivated me for sewing and I went to the AIL center to register for the sewing class. I have studied sewing for eight months now; I can sew every model of clothes especially Afghan custom clothes and fortunately I received a certificate from the course. I want to speak for all the women that participate in the courses because Professor Sakena Yacoobi says learning is the first way of improving Afghanistan and all of the women should participate in the courses.”
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