It will equip 100 girls of SWAT (the most difficult area of Pakistan previously occupied by Taliban banning girls' education and employment) with entrepreneurship skills through entrepreneurship training and six month internships in local community based organizations enabling the girls to get jobs in the local market or start business of their own respectively enabling them to earn their own livelihoods. The project address girls' having less than higher secondary or primary education.
In Swat the religious fundamental and extremist society limit girls' education, mobility and access to employment. The literacy rate of girls in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province for female is only 30%. There are few employment opportunities for girls of the Swat valley making them economically dependent on their male relatives. Investing in girls' economic and professional development will empower girls enabling them to take charge of their own lives
i. Provide ten days entrepreneurship and skill training to total 50 girls (having below primary education) enabling them to start business of their own
ii. Provide mentorship to the trained girls enabling them to receive small loans, link their products to the market and sustain their business
iii. Provide six month internships and mentorship to 50 girls of Swat in local community based organizations to strengthen their professional skills enabling them to get jobs in local mark
The project will equip 100 girls with entrepreneurship skills enabling to become economically independent by starting their own business and getting jobs in the local market. It will rise girls above the poverty, will uplift their social and economical status and will make them the decision makers of their own lives thus moving a step forward towards empowerment. The economic empowerment of girls will increase the access of girls to education, resources, and healthcare.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Guardian's blog about Aware Girls' and founder
Global Fund for Children video about Aware Girls