Tailoring: A Small-Business Skill for Afghan Women

by Afghan Institute of Learning

Dear Friends,

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Sewing is one of those gateway skills for women in Afghanistan. Once they learn sewing then a doorway is opened for them. They can help their family finances by sewing their own clothes and start a small business sewing for others.

What it also means is that these women recover their self- esteem and identity as individuals who can learn, contribute and be part of society. Your support helps the 1,017 women who are learning sewing and changing their lives.

Here is a story from one center,” One of our sewing class students was absent from class  for a long time. When we investigated we found that her family didn’t allow her to come to the Learning Center. When we talked with her family they said that she can’t learn anything and her mind is not working. So the supervisor met her family and convinced them that she can learn and will be able to achieve a lot at the center. Now she is coming to center and  studying and becoming a skilled person. She is very enthusiastic and thankful to AIL staff for supporting her and talking with her family.



Dear Friends, 

AIL offers women and girls various courses at its Learning Centers (LCs)  to expand their skills and help them contribute more to their families and communities. These women gain knowledge that improves their lives and that of their families. One of the most popular skills to learn is sewing and currently there are 782 students in sewing classes in Herat Province and 177 in Kabul and other provinces. 

Upon completion of a sewing class, students can sew any kind of garment. They can make their own clothes as well as set up a small business making clothes for other people. This helps them become self- supporting and improves the economic situation of their families. As important, is the fact that these women gain self-confidence and see themselves as valuable and able to contribute to society. This sort of skills learning and change in mindset is a success for any LC. 

  One of students shares her success:“My name is Gul Nisa, I am one of the sewing class students. I learned sewing through AIL’s Learning Center. Today, I can sew dresses for my neighborhood and earn money. I never thought that one day I will be self supporting and able to help my family. I want to thank AIL for making my dream come true and I hope many future successes for them.” 

A bright and hopeful future for women Afghanistan! Thank you for your continued support of AIL programs. 


Dear Friends, 

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AIL update

The AIL education program is going well and classes are being held at 43 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including 15 rural centers around Herat.   So far 13,888 students (including 9,044 females and 4,844 males) participated in Learning Center education.

Sewing is always a popular class and the Herat centers have 906 sewing students so far this year.  Here is a typical story from one center, “We could solve the family problem of two students this month.  One of them is a young woman; her husband is an opium user. He didn’t let his wife join the center.  But we talked with them and were able to get his agreement. After a lot of talk and face to face contact of the center’s manager and elders of the area he did agree with her.  Now the woman is learning in our center. She is very happy about this and thanked AIL staff for changing her life.” This story reflects the growing problem of opium addiction in the male population and its devastating consequences on both the men and the female members of their families. AIL's education program gives hope to women for the future and skills, such as sewing that they can use to earn some money to support their families.

TODAY, your donation can go further!  Donate between 9:00am and 11:59pm and help AIL continue its valuable work providing education.

Dear Friends,

AIL provides women and girls with skills to look after themselves and their families. Literacy is stressed but so is sewing as it is a means to earn an income. The Girls Orphanage Learning Center provides sewing classes. Here is Madina’s story:

“Madina is 9 years old.  She has been protected by AIL since she was 7 years old at the Ansar Female Orphanage. Madina says, "I am an orphan. My father used to be addicted and my mother had to earn the family income. She served in the other people’s houses.  After my father passed away, my mother was married again due to the financial problems and she left me at the orphanage. I suffered a lot and could not get along with others. I changed and became an isolated and withdrawn child who was unhappy with everything.  I felt that I was imprisoned in this environment. Time passed and gradually I got accustomed to my jail. Soon, a Learning Center was created by AIL in our orphanage. It contained some professional skills and other learning classes. I wanted to be literate one day so I  registered my name in the computer, English, and dressmaking classes. I became very happy. I made lots of friends and I loved my teachers who were very kind to us.Slowly my mood changed to positive. Then I enrolled in the government school. Those classes helped me to be busy and not miss my parents so much as there were many children in my situation who were orphaned too.”

When she ages out of the orphanage Madina will have a useful skill to earn money, namely sewing. She will also be literate and have numeracy and language skills, all of which will make her employable.

Thank you for your support for Madina and other girls like her.

Dear Friends, 

Matching funds are available for donations made to all Creating Hope International and Afghan Institute of Learning projects on Global Giving. 

TODAY ONLY 9am ET to midnight March 16th! Donate anytime within these hours,up to $1,000 per individual donor per organization. 

Here are links to our projects on Global Giving: CHI projects and AIL projects.

All donations are final.  The match is pro-rated so we will know the percentage of match at the end of the day, but everyone gets some matching funds from a pot of $75,000.

Special Alert!!  Two of our projects are eligible for 2 different matching funds  TODAY! 

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1073 Save Rural Afghan Women and Children with Healthcare

1155 Fast Tracking Education for Afghan Women and Girls 

AIL has started the year 2016 with a full roster of education classes in many subjects as diverse as, literacy, English, carpet weaving, computers and physics. In the month of January, there were 9,682 students (6,132 female) in classes at 42 Learning Centers (LCs) in Afghanistan and 1 LC in Pakistan.  The health program has provided 19,226           patients with treatment and given health education to 11,854 people. Here is a story:

“My name is Somayeah and my twin sister is Masomah. We live in a poor family and we are both interested in learning, but we always missed the chance to study because people were laughing at us. Fortunately AIL’s teachers promoted self-confidence and self-esteem in us with great advice. Now we are happy and no longer ashamed. Our minds changed since attending AIL’s literacy and sewing classes. We also found out about the dignity of women in the community and we are proud to be twins. We also made very good educational decisions about our future.” 

Your donation will help AIL continue its valuable work providing education and healthcare, emergency relief and legal aid to poor Afghans. 

Thank you.


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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.afghaninstituteoflearning.org
Project Leader:
Sakena Yacoobi
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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