MDF provides young women and mothers with training to learn entrepreneurial skill. specific trades, and access to markets to launch successful businesses, send their children to school, and lift their families out of poverty.
According to the UN, 74% of Pakistan's 180 million people live on less than $2 a day, and over 8 million of the 20 million school-age children are not in primary school. Impoverished youth are extremely vulnerable to recruitment into extremist organizations like the Taliban. Now more than ever mothers need access to education, training and economic opportunities. Enabling this will result in increased access, choice, and prioritizing education for their children--fostering dignity and security.
We provide women with the necessary training, equipment, materials, and market linkages in order to support themselves and their families. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families and communities. Watch video www.girleffect.org
The initial pilot project has empowered over 200 women to develop tools necessary to launch successful businesses, generate income, send their children to school, & lift their families and communities out of poverty, enriching their quality of life and security. We now seek to reach 1,000 women in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Education and economic opportunity are the chief allies of peacemakers...ignorance and poverty the playground for injustice and its ruthless leaders. - Silbi Kelli Stainton, Executive Director, Marshall Direct Fund
Total Funding Received to Date: $62,718
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $37,282
Total Funding Goal: $100,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).