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Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women
Tailoring: A Small Business Skill for Afghan Women

Sewing classes continue to be the first or second most popular class for women at Learning Centers. These class offer students the ability to learn an exceptionally valuable skill that can be life changing.  Not only do the women learn how to sew but the skills they become proficient in can only be compared to those of a professional tailor.As an example, in September, students at the Jabraeel Learning Center, Herat sewed 160 pairs of clothing. Students are able to save money and earn an income for their family with this skill.

Two new centers have been established at the request of local communities, one in a province that AIL has never worked in before, Nemroz. Sewing as well as other classes are being offered at these new locations. The centers recently acquired new sewing machines and irons to assist students in their studies.

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Shahrbanoo, a graduate student of the sewing class from the Jebraeel Learning Center had this to say,” I took a sewing class for one year. It was a perfect class for me. We learned professional sewing skills. After finishing the course, I started sewing clothes for my family and friends. I didn’t sew a lot at that time. But then, because people noticed my sewing skills, they asked me to sew their clothes, too.  I started my own business to earn money and become financially independent. I was happy and found more customers this way. I have promoted my business and now I regularly sew a wide variety of clothes and uniforms.

My father is a worker earning 300 Afghanis per day and our family is too poor to pay for all our living expenses. But since I started my own business, our life has changed completely! I can earn about 400 to 1,000 Afghanis per day now. I can help my father pay for our household expenses and I can help my brothers and sisters go to school by paying their tuition. Now I want to grow my business and open a sewing store. I am thankful to the AIL Learning Center and its founder for providing this opportunity for me which has changed my life.”

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The year end newsletter for CHI is attached.

AIL is working towards: SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.


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AIL has 33 centers in the Herat area and these have 1,205 students studying sewing. There are 23 teachers and 57 sewing classes. The students are all female with 626 being adolescent age – 10 to 19 years.Knowing how to sew can be life changing for women and gaining this skill can make them open to taking other courses and improving their education. 

Comments from a former student, “I am a sewing class student and grateful for this center because we are poor and could not pay fees for educational and handicraft courses at other places. AIL’s center does not take fees. When I came to this center I did not know anything about sewing but after a few months I was able to sew clothes for myself and my family. After graduating from the class I was able to sew clothing for my neighbors too. I earn money doing this and that helps my family. This center has changed my life.”

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AIL is working towards: SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Here is a snapshot of sewing skills classes at one of our centers. The Herat area has one of our largest Learning Centers which has 1,943 students (1,183 female). 270 of the females are learning some sort of sewing skill. There are 40 studying weaving, 22 roman dozy and 23 embroidery as well as 184 taking sewing. The latter course takes 12 months and students learn all aspects of tailoring and topics related to setting up a small sewing business.

"My name is Sharbano and I am twenty. For some time I had family problems and could not continue my education. We lived in a mountainous area and the girls stayed at home and were not allowed to go to school. There were no learning centers and if a girl was interested in school, she soon gave up the idea due to the insecurity.

We are an 8 person family. I have 6 siblings and my father is the only breadwinner in the family. I asked him to move to the city. He ignored this at first but I insisted. We did move and settled in Herat City, my neighbor introduced me to the AIL center in the area. I registered in the tailoring class. After attending the course, surprisingly, I became a talented tailor. I can sew every type of clothing for people and earn money. Then I joined the literacy class and now I am able to read and write and I am in grade 3 literacy class. Thanks to AIL for providing this type of center in remote areas."

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Recently, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi High School, Herat won an International School Award from the British Council. The awards go to schools that demonstrate a commitment to developing global citizens by embedding internationalism throughout the ethos and curriculum of the school. The Director of the British Council, Afghanistan said: “This globally recognized accreditation helps enrich learning & improve teaching by guiding international learning activities, from introducing international education into the curriculum to embedding it within school culture.”

 

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We are providing education to a growing number of women and girls of all ages and backgrounds. In the first two months of the year, we brought education to over 9,236 girls in subjects such as literacy, English, Arabic, and computers. We have also provided these women and girls with opportunities to gain skills in sewing, tailoring, carpet and silk weaving, macramé, and painting.

All of these skills open doors to careers and other opportunities to make an income. In addition, our Fast-Track program has opened doors to women and girls by providing them with flexible schedules to learn the basics as fast or as slow as they are able to. We wish to thank you all for your generosity and compassion in making these hopeful changes possible!

One center reported recently, “One of our sewing graduates has become a sewing teacher at a learning center. She now has 25 students that she teaches every day. The students are happy to have her as their teacher and are learning many things each day.”

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Dr. Yacoobi joined with high level national and international delegates in the "Seville Commitment" - Supporting Localization Efforts for #SDGs.  She said, “AIL has provided SDG services to the most marginalized and disadvantaged for 25 yrs. In my talk I emphasized it is essential to work with local governments and provide resources to local NGOs who are doing good work. Replicate excellent SDG focused programs so No One is Left Behind!”

 

 

 

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At the start of this new year we reflect on what we have achieved in 2018 and how this has changed women’s lives for the better. AIL’s Learning Centers (LCs) give women the opportunity to learn, to network with other women and to gain both knowledge and increase their capacity.

In 2018, 28,121 (19,095 female) attended courses at 48 LCs. The courses offered at centers vary according to need. Literacy and sewing are popular, also English, computers, math, weaving. There are some centers that are specialist such as 3 that are preschool only and 1 that is boys computing, 2 that offer computers/English combination classes only. There are 32 centers in the Herat area (16 rural) and 13 in the Kabul area.

In 2018 there were 2,993 sewing students at AIL centers.  One center in the Kabul area reported that a graduate of their sewing class in now a teacher at another center. She has 25 students who she works with every day. “I am so happy that I got to go to the AIL center and learn sewing. It changed my life and now I can teach others and earn an income.”

Thank you for your continued interest and we hope you will read the annual newsletter attached.


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Founder & CEO
Dearborn, Michigan United States
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