Poverty remains widespread in Afghanistan’s struggling economy. Refugees returning home have found their livelihoods destroyed. Widows are especially vulnerable to unemployment and poverty. In order to help widows and other women who would like to learn a skill that they can use to support themselves and their children, CHI and its project partner began tailoring classes, which now serve over 500 women per month. These classes teach women to sew a wide variety of clothing from patterns.
Through a tailoring class in Afghanistan or in a refugee camp in Pakistan, 30 women will learn to compute their families’ budget for clothes and savings from making their own clothes. Health, peace, and women’s rights lessons are also taught.
Women learn to save money they would have spent on clothes to purchase a sewing machine and start a small business. Course graduates sew their families’ clothes, start a home-based business, and/or become sewing teachers.