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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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Dr. Yacoobi was honored to receive the 2015 WISE Prize for Education. A prestigious award given to those who are tireless advocates for the right to education.  “I know from my life that education gives power, status and opportunity. I see women who are smart, intelligent but did not have opportunity so I gave them that. It is education and not guns that can transform society and give us a peaceful tomorrow. “ Sakena  

Dear Friends,

Learning an income generating skill such as sewing transforms the lives of women and gives them confidence. They contribute to the family finances and their status in the family is increased. Thank you for your support of AIL’s sewing and tailoring classes. In September, there were 887 women and girls enrolled in sewing classes learning to make clothes for themselves, their families and for others. Here is Fatima’s story – one of transformation.

Fatima was brought to the girls’ orphanage in Herat when she was about 8 years old by her relatives.  Both of her parents had died and she had no brothers or sisters.  She was very unhappy and devastated when she came.  She went to school and, when AIL began working with the girls’ orphanage and offering computer and tailoring classes in the afternoon, she joined them.  She is now in the 8th grade and has excellent computer and tailoring skills.  She works for a small NGO in Herat teaching their students tailoring and doing their computer work.  They are paying her so she has begun to earn money for herself.  All of this has transformed her!  She is happy, always helping the younger students with their homework and is looking forward to finishing high school, going to university and becoming a teacher.

Thank you for your continued support of AIL’s programs.

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Thank you for your support of AIL’s efforts to teach women and girls sewing and tailoring skills. During the month of July, there were more than 800 women and girls enrolled in the Afghan Institute of Learning’s sewing and tailoring courses. 

In our classes, the students learn sewing and tailoring of course, but they also learn to make their own patterns and designs, as well as basic business skills to help these women and girls start earning an income. Many of the women and girls choose to take literacy classes while they are taking their sewing course, and this combination gives students a chance at a better life.

One student story is that of Azita.

Some years ago, Azita began studying at one of AIL’s rural centers. There were no schools for girls in her area, so her uncle encouraged her to begin attending the AIL Learning Center that he supervised. She began taking sewing and tailoring classes at the center and also decided to study in the literacy class.  She quickly learned tailoring but it was clear early on that Azita was a very bright young woman. She was the top student in her class, quickly progressing to the fourth level of the literacy . While she was taking classes, things were changing; a local school opened and was looking for teachers. “I heard that the regular school in the village needed teachers,” Azita says, “so I took the exam for teachers and I passed! I was soon hired to be a teacher at the school. I began teaching the younger grades while still taking classes at the AIL Learning Center. One day I decided to take the exam to attend the high school courses at the regular school where I was teaching and I was accepted into the 9th grade.”

“My parents saw my amazing progress and made the decision to send me to the large city to live with an uncle so that I could have a better opportunity to continue my education. Now I am in one of the top high schools in the city, and I am the top student in my class. I help my uncle’s family around the house, and once a month I return to my village to visit my family. They are so proud of me and how educated I am, and it is all because of the AIL Learning Center in my village. It changed the direction of my life completely.”

Today Azita is a sophomore studying English at a university in Afghanistan, where she has made a number of new friends. She is also a part time English teacher at a school near her university. She is involved in activities on campus including being a member of a student council and is on the staff of the university’s magazine. She continues to attend AIL workshops as she is able, and is even taking an advanced computer course.

When asked about the way that education has impacted her life, Azita said, “I enjoy living and my work today, and that is because of the education I have received. I started with sewing, but look what happened!!!  I have decided that I want to be a good teacher to help the women from my village to become capable and to change their lives for the better. I do not want to see them suffer disappointment and depression. I plan to be a leader for the women of my village, and to defend their rights in the community. I have  great ambition for my people, and for my own life, and I would like to thank AIL for changing my life.” 

Thank you for your continued support of AIL’s programs, and of women like Azita. We appreciate your generous donations.

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Students in an AIL Program
Students in an AIL Program
Dear Friends, 
Thank you so much for all of your support of the Afghan Institute of Learning! We value your support and are grateful to you for taking an interest in those less fortunate in a far off land. You are helping to improve the lives of thousands of Afghans each year through our health, education and training programs. We are writing today to share our annual report with you, highlighting the many achievements of AIL and the impact on the lives of beneficiaries that you have supported. We hope that you will take a few minutes to view the report by clicking the link below and learn about the many ways you helped Afghans through AIL's innovative programming.

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AIL Sewing Teacher with her Students
AIL Sewing Teacher with her Students

Dear Friends,

One of AIL’s newest Learning Centers is inside a women’s prison in Afghanistan. The teachers are working with the women to encourage them to gain skills and knowledge that will help them to provide for their families after they leave the prison, including teaching them to sew and tailor clothing. One of the students said the following,

“I’m a student in the sewing class at the women’s jail. Because of a mistake I made a year ago, they put me in jail. I thought that it would be the worst place in the world, so difficult and disappointing. I was not getting out for a long time, and I had no skills. During the first two or three months after coming to the prison, I was so depressed and several times I decided to commit suicide, and then one day I found out about the sewing class being taught by AIL. When I started coming to the class, I didn’t expect much from it and I wasn’t very interested, but I kept attending. After a month I realized that I had learned some skills and became interested and hopeful. I saw that having this skill could change my future and after a while I learned to sew well. I am still working very hard and learning new things. I am seriously considering making a living by sewing after I get out of  prison, which is soon. I would like to thank AIL. Thank you very much for giving me such a chance. I can’t imagine what my life might be like without this. AIL rescued me.”

For many Afghan women, learning to sew gives them a new chance at life, and the opportunity to support their families. We are so grateful to you for supporting our efforts!!

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Students in an AIL sewing course

Dear Friend,

A Special Day – Today!  Matching Funds Available!

Today we have a great opportunity which we would like your help with. There are matching funds available for ALL donations made to this project today. This is a guaranteed bonus!

Starting at 9am EDT on May 13th, GlobalGiving is matching donations on our project! Any online donation up to $1,000 made today will go even further to help our work. You can donate any time between 9am EDT and midnight to have your donation partially matched by GlobalGiving –guaranteed! Just click here and support our program on May 13th.

The percentage of the match will be determined at midnight; the more given today the greater our bonus!

Your donation will help AIL offer classes to women like Zahra. Zahra came to an AIL Learning Center to enroll her children in classes at the center and saw that there were many women her age taking classes. She spoke with the women who told her that the center offered great classes for women. Her husband was against the idea at first, but she enrolled anyway. They had many disagreements about her taking classes, but Zahra’s husband was soon convinced that the classes were a good idea after the young women learned to sew and was able to start a small businesses sewing clothing for other families.

Zahra said “I am now so happy that I have a skill. My husband is very happy as well. He has seen that I have learned this skill in a sound, safe and good educational environment. The class has been helpful in other ways too. I have made friends, and learned so much about how to keep my children healthy. I am so thankful to AIL for offering me the opportunity to support myself and my family and changing my life for the better.”

 Please help by donating  to our project today, May 13th. Thank you.

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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
$111,367 raised of $125,000 goal
 
4,353 donations
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