MDF provides young women and mothers with training to learn entrepreneurial skill. specific trades, and access to markets to launch successful businesses, send their children to school, and lift their families out of poverty.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
According to the UN, 74% of Pakistan's 180 million people live on less than $2 a day, and over 8 million of the 20 million school-age children are not in school. Impoverished youth are extremely vulnerable to recruitment into extremist organizations. Now more than ever mothers and young women need access to education, training and economic opportunities. Enabling this will result in increased access, choice, and prioritizing education for their children--fostering dignity and security.
How will this project solve this problem?
We provide women with the necessary training, equipment, materials, and market linkages in order to support themselves and their families. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families and communities. Watch video www.girleffect.org
Potential Long Term Impact
The pilot project in 2013 empowered over 200 women to develop tools necessary to launch successful businesses, generate income, send their children to school, & lift their families and communities out of poverty, enriching their quality of life and security. We reached 1,000 women in 2013 and another 1,000 in 2014 in Pakistan. We seek to scale the program to reach more women annually and start a mentor program so that women get needed support for months and years beyond the initial training.
Total Funding Received to Date: $98,434
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $101,566
Total Funding Goal: $200,000