Purchase Two Sewing Machines for Afghan Women

A microproject by Afghan Institute of Learning
Purchase Two Sewing Machines for Afghan Women

Project Report | Sep 4, 2018
Sewing Machines Purchased

By Elizabeth Appleyard | Program Officer

Dear Friends,

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 for your interest and support.

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Twitter: @AIL_ngo
Project Leader:
carolyn dunlap
Dearborn , Michigan United States

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