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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

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Women and girls come to Learning Centers (LCs) wanting to learn a skill that they can use to make money to help their families. There is a need for sewing skills training and this will encourage women to take part in economic activity beyond their households.  So far in 2018, there are 1,054 females taking sewing classes in Herat and 464 in the Kabul area.

Amena is a graduate of a sewing class at a Herat LC. She says this about her life, " I am a young girl. My family are poor as my father can only buy something to eat, nothing else. I have lived in a very hard situation my whole my life. My father is the only one who earns money for our family. I have no older brother to help my father. We are four sisters.I was very hopeless before I joined the center. But when I heard that there are free classes at this center I rushed to join. After a few times I learned lots of sewing skills and started to sew clothes for my sisters. Now I am able to sew each kind of clothing. I have my own business and I sew and earn money. I am very happy about it and thatt I can help my father with the expenses of our daily life. I proved that there isn't any difference between boys and girls if the ground is paved for them to be improved.  I am thankful for Professor Sakena Yacoobi who established this center and changed my dark life and the lives of thousands of people like me."

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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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Learning Centers frequently receive requests for sewing and tailoring classes. Women want to learn a skill that they can use to make money to help their families. A new center outside Herat, just opened. The village asked AIL to set up an LC in the village to help improve education levels of women and girls and support school children in certain subjects. There is also a need for sewing skills training and this will encourage women to take part in economic activity. Five sewing machines were bought for this new center as well as a sewing table. These classes will also teach human rights awareness, morals and social values, health and democracy. The center will also be a social entity and friendships gained there will help the women deal with problems in village or family life.

Another LC in Kabul received 4 sewing tables to update their equipment. AIL staff closely monitor LC needs and replaces old sewing machines that can no longer be repaired. Here are the comments of one student:“My name is Fatima and I am learning to sew. I attended another sewing course elsewhere but I had to pay fees which was too much for me. I did not learn to sew well at that place. Now after attending the AIL class I can make all kinds of clothes and it does not cost me anything.”  

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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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As the year draws to a close we reflect on what we have done and how this has changed 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 capacity.  In 2017, 2,291  students have attended 6 month courses in sewing at  LCs ( rural) in Herat and Kabul locations.

Stories are the best way for us to show how you help poor Afghans improve their lives and communities. Here is one of our favorites from the year; this student learned about leadership and how to build her capacity to become a business owner.

“I learned to sew clothes but did not have much time to work in the market. However, I wanted to have a tailoring shop one day.  I met two women who knew tailoring but they did not have the money to open a shop. I told them that I would provide the machinery and pay the rent for the shop if they would work in the market.

 In the beginning they were unsure about being the first women to work in the market. But after some discussion they accepted me and my idea and we together we started our business. It was a good beginning for us and for other women in the market place in Naili. Now many women are working in the Naili market and the three of us are proud to be have been the ones to begin this change.” 

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Learning to sew has changed many Afghan women’s lives. They earn money, provide for their families clothing needs and have gained self- esteem and respect of family, friends and neighbors. This is skill that keeps on providing women with reward for their efforts. In October, there were 817 sewing students in Herat and 298 in Kabul.  A student commented, "I love the sewing class and can now sew all types of clothing including making new clothes for Eid. This means a lot to me, I wanted new clothes for Eid. I can now make some money sewing for other people. " 

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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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Dear Friends,

Exciting Opportunity!

We are competing today for a share of a $50,000 bonus fund. The more we raise from you by midnight ET the larger the share of the pot we will get.

There is MORE! The two projects below ALSO receive 50% Match from Safer World Fund so your gift will be worth 50% more and then a percent more than that from Bonus Day.

Can you help?

1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast-Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls

 

Newsflash: Dr. Yacoobi  is one of BBC 100 Women 2017! 

Learn to sew and start your own business! This is true for many women who attend Learning Centers (LCs) to take education classes. In Herat, in one month, there are 785 students studying sewing/tailoring, including two males. In Kabul, in that same month, there were 294 sewing students.

A Kabul LC sewing student reflects on her training, “Before attending this class, I would have to pay a tailor to make clothes for my children and me. Now, I am learning to make clothes for my children and for myself. I also make clothes for others, I save money and make money. This is a great opportunity for empowering women. I have a sewing skill and I can earn my own money. I am thankful for Professor Sakena Yacoobi for providing such an opportunity for Afghan women.”

 Thank you for your continued interest.

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

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Afghan Institute of Learning

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