Vocational Training for 1,000 Women in Pakistan

 
$91,630
$8,371
Raised
Remaining

We are excited to share that we have trained nearly 750 young women in 2015 and have initiated a more rigorous needs assessment and post project reporting system. We hope to continue to provide meaningful skills and business acumen to women wishing to start or expand small business enterprises so that they can lift themselves and their families out of poverty. 

We are very lucky to be among 8 other organizations with access to over $13,000 remaining in matched funds from Safer World Foundation. Help us maximize this opportunity and see your donor dollars go further. Safer World provides a 50% match for the vocational training program until the funding pool is used! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family that you think might be interested in supporting a project like this and seeing their support matched.

MDF encourages your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would help us to reach deserving young women in Pakistan and attract wider support. The project that you are supporting provides a safe place for mothers and their families to learn and develop skills that help make the world a safer and more secure place for all. Please help us generate awareness – become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks. If you would like to start a MDF Allies in Action group in your community there are various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that we would be pleased to share. You can reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or +01 (970) 963-3150. Learn more about our activities by visiting our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org

We have had over 100 more women participate in the vocational training program since our last update, just shy of our goal to reach 1,000 women in 2014! It is our hope and desire to reach more women in 2015 by training other trainers and utilizing mobile technology as teaching tools. Please help us ensure that Pakistan is no longer the second lowest ranked country of women in the workforce. Let us make sure that women can gain skills and contribute to family and community income to break the cycle of poverty and live more financial secure, educated, and healthy lives. Women and girls with means and education are more likely to ensure their children are educated, leading to less vulnerability and engagement in extremist activities.

We are very lucky to be among 8 other organizations with access to over $20,000 remaining in matched funds from Safer World Foundation. Help us maximize this opportunity and see your donor dollars go further. Safer World provides a 50% match for the vocational training program until the funding pool is used! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family that you think might be interested in supporting a project like this and seeing their support matched.

MDF encourages your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would help us to reach deserving young women in Pakistan and attract wider support. The project that you are supporting provides a safe place for mothers and their families to learn and develop skills that help make the world a safer and more secure place for all. Please help us generate awareness – become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks. If you would like to start a MDF Allies in Action group in your community there are various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that we would be pleased to share. You can reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or +01 (970) 963-3150. Learn more about our activities by visiting our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org

Young women participating in training this month
Young women participating in training this month

You have helped women in Pakistan learn they are valuable…that they can earn a fair wage, lift their families from poverty, send their children to school, get healthcare they need, and put food on the table! The world is better because of people like you who care and walk the talk. We’re pleased to share that over 800 additional women have participated in the Vocational Training Program in 2014 and we’re well on our way to meeting our goal or reaching 1,000 young women before the end of the year. Next year we have an ambitious goal to double our reach, so that we can assist 2,000 women in 2015. We continue to benefit from working with many valuable partners throughout Pakistan so that we can work with women in many different communities.   

We have just received a renewed matching grant from Safer World Foundation that enables donors to receive a 50% match for the vocational training program until the $50,000 funding pool is used (only ten other organizations eligible)! Please share this opportunity with your friends and family that you think might be interested in supporting a project like this and seeing their donor dollars go farther.

MDF encourages your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would help us to reach deserving young women in Pakistan and attract wider support. The project that you are supporting provides a safe place for mothers and their families to learn and develop skills that help make the world a safer and more secure place for all. Please help us generate awareness – become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter, and share with your networks. If you would like to start a MDF Allies in Action group in your community there are various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that we would be pleased to share. You can reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or +01 (970) 963-3150. Learn more about our activities by visiting our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org

Thank you on behalf of the students, entrepreneurs and MDF staff!

On behalf of the female entrepreneurs that have benefitted and continue to benefit from business skill and vocational training, thank you for your previous support. We are delighted to share that additional 250 women have participated in training in the last quarter. The training occured in Multan in partnership with the Lions Club. We have received great feedback from the entrepreneurs that have participated and the women who are engaged in Peace of the Action, the social enterprise created to help women get specific products into the international marketplace. One of the entrepreneurs shared, "My husband has a heart condition and we have two daughters...i am so thankful for the opportunity to gain access to skills that allow me to double and triple my income".

We also have achieved local registration status in Pakistan, which allows Pakistani citizens to benefit tax-wise by donating and qualifying for other forms of funding and grants! We plan to scale the program, pending funding in 2014. To view more pictures, please visit our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MarshallDirectFund?ref=br_tf. Please also see this wonderful video recently taken that shows the first product launched by a handful of the entrepreneurs that have graduated from the vocational training program http://vimeo.com/92196919

MDF encourages your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would help us reach the deserving young women in Pakistan and attract wider support. The project that you are supporting provides a safe place for mothers and their families to learn and develop skills that help make the world a safer and more secure place for all. Please help us generate awareness: become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter and share with your networks. If you would like to start a MDF Allies in Action group in your community, there are various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that we would be pleased to share. You can reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or +1-970-963-3150. Learn more about our activities by visiting our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org

Thank you on behalf of the students, entrepreneurs and MDF staff!

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Entrepreneurs proudly displaying graduation certs
Entrepreneurs proudly displaying graduation certs

We hope this finds you enjoying 2014! We are delighted to share that nearly 400 additional women graduated from the vocational training program in the last quarter of 2013. Thisaccomplishment occured over the course of three sessions and in partnership with three local organizations.The Multan Center is thriving and our Master Trainer, the renowned Ruby Dewan, has been traveling throughout Pakistan to offer training to women who are unable to travel to Multan. All of this means that with your help, we successfully trained 1,070 women in the last year! We have received great feedback from the entrepreneurs that have participated and the women who are engaged in Peace of the Action, the social enterprise created to help women get specific products into the international marketplace. This doubles and sometimes triples women's incomes while simultaneously allowing a portion of the proceeds to be invested back into Marshall Direct Fund activities. More girls and women are receiving the necessary education and training to gain economic independence and to adapt a sustainable business model for MDF. We also have achieved local registration status in Pakistan, which allows Pakistani citizens to benefit tax-wise by donating and qualifying for other forms of funding and grants! We plan to scale the program, pending funding in 2014, to reach 3,000-5,000 women. To view more pictures, please visit our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/MarshallDirectFund?ref=br_tf

MDF encourages your involvement and welcomes any ideas that would help us reach the deserving young women in Pakistan and attract wider support. The project that you are supporting provides a safe place for mothers and their families to learn and develop skills that help make the world a safer and more secure place for all. Please help us generate awareness: become a fan of our Facebook page, join us on Twitter and share with your networks. If you would like to start a MDF Allies in Action group in your community, there are various one-time or re-occurring ideas and activities that we would be pleased to share. You can reach us at info@marshalldirectfund.org or +1-970-963-3150. Learn more about our activities by visiting our website at www.marshalldirectfund.org

Thank you on behalf of the students, entrepreneurs and MDF staff!

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Jodi Fischer

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Aspen, CO United States

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