We are now able to report that AIL has accumulated sufficient funds to buy 18 sewing machines. Thanks to your generous support, staff are replacing worn out old machines used at Learning Centers and in some cases adding more machines to increase capacity. Four centers will benefit from the latest purchases with two of those centers being recently opened. Staff will continue to respond to the need for machines as they arise and change allocations if necessary.
"My name is Rabea and I studied to grade four when I was a girl. I left school because my family did not agree with continuing my education. I have always dreamt of being an independent woman. So I attended AIL’s Tailoring class after getting permission from my husband.
My husband is disabled from his feet, so he cannot work and pay for our livelihood. It was a necessity for me to work because my family and children needed something to eat in order to stay alive. Through the years I was looking for work as household help or services in houses near our home.
I have learned tailoring for about six month at the AIL center and it has been 2 months since I took a part time job in a big company in the city. I sew very simple clothes for children for the company and receive a small income. I am still trying my best to improve and promote myself and want to open my own business in the future. I also started to sew clothes for my neighbors who come to me to tailor their dresses. In this way, I have built a reputation among the neighboring houses and gain income from this. I thank Professor Sakena Yacoobi and my tailoring teacher who helped me keep my home together. I hope every poor woman will to be able to learn at your centers."
Thank you so much for your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning and its effort to purchase sewing machines for our sewing classes. AIL's classes use machines that the staff are able to repair as necessary to extend the life of those machines. Unfortunately, a number of these well used sewing machines have come to the end of their useful life, but thanks to you we will be able to replace them with new ones!
These classes are really popular as they are a way for women to learn a skill both useful in their family life but also as a means to earn an income.Here is a typical story from Zahra, “Before coming to the center I was broke and hopeless since we had no job or income in our family and I could not do anything. I joined the sewing and literacy classes and now after 6 months of the sewing course I have my own business. I work at the center and I work at home sewing. I am almost the only breadwinner in the family. I do other people’s work for them and get paid! Coming to the center, learning skills changed my life.”
The staff in Afghanistan have decided to wait until they have raised some more money before buying new machines in quantity. As soon as the funds are in place the machines will been purchased and we will let you know!
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