Provide Women in Kosovo with Job-Skills Training

by Women for Women International
Vetted
May 16, 2013

Meet Nefise Gashi - A Success Story

Meet WfWI - Kosovo graduate Nefise Gashi!

Nefise is 57 years old. She is married to Ahmet (63) and lives in a house with her husband and his second wife Melihate, with whom he has a son Asdren (15). Nefise is a noble woman and great-hearted, but she has had a not-so-easy life. She was married to Ahmet  for 20 years but she couldn’t have a baby, so her husband decided to get married a second time, to have children and to extend his family. Nefise told him she would accept his second wife, and any future children. So Ahmet married Melihate and after the short time she give birth to a son. Since then Nefise's life became more difficult. This situation Nefise explains with few words: “Being a husband’s second wife is like being alive in a grave.”

For Nefise a big change in her life came when she rolled in WfWI-Kosovo program and attended handicraft training. While she was in program Nefise was very active and had a very good results. After she graduated from the program, she joined WfWI-Kosova as a weaving trainer. She has taught 4 groups of women about weaving. She met with women of Breznica village, and mobilized them to enrolled in  the WfWI program. She also encouraged graduates to make handicrafts.

Nefise is a model for every Kosovar mother. This year she was a speaker at several WfWI program meetings, where she told the participants about her life path and her development, from an isolated women between four walls, to an active women in her family and community, with decision-making capacity and courage. 

Nefise said:” WfWI-Kosova has helped me on improving my economic situation and being an independent woman -this is my success.” 

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Women for Women International

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.womenforwomen.org
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Washington, DC United States

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