We are excited to share that the pilot group of over 200 women successfully graduated from the Vocational Training program early December. We received an overwhelmingly positive response from the participants. We were repeatedly informed that the training provided information and skills in areas of great need. Several women traveled over 2 hours one way and pooled their resources to secure transportation to make sure they could regularly attend. The eLife curriculum, developed by the Foundation for Social Change and implemented through Marshall Direct Fund and our partner IKI foundation, brought real world skills on business acumen for young women who seek to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. The curriculum was adjusted to meet the specific needs of the community. Women had time to work on and share business plans based on the individual or group enterprises they are seeking to start or further develop. They testified that feedback from their peers was very helpful.
We are looking forward to helping them with next steps and increasing the scope of the success of this project. You can learn more and see more photos on the award winning blog Peace of the Action which was written by the wonderful Pakistani trainer who facilitated the training – Ruby Dewan! Here you can learn about specific participants such as Nagina, who already had developed a successful sewing business but needed further guidance as to how to grow her enterprise. With the knowledge she gained in the program she has put new skills to the test and seen positive results. Marshall Direct Fund plans to expand our program to reach 1,000 women in 2013. Thank you to all of our supporters who have made our first success possible.Thank you as well to Safer World Fund and continuing to make matching funds available to enable donor dollars go farther!
If you are interested in meeting some of the women participating in this program and learning more about Marshall Direct Fund we are scheduling a group trip to Pakistan and Nepal in May 2013. Check out all the details here.
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