Vocational Training for 5,000 Women in Pakistan

by Marshall Direct Fund


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.
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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.


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

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Blog of training success and women's experience
View the impact of supporting girls and women
Read more about the work of Marshall Direct Fund
How women's education is restricted in Pakistan

Organization Information

Marshall Direct Fund

Location: Aspen, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​marshalldirectfund.org
Project Leader:
Jodi Fischer
Program Director
Aspen, CO United States
$118,014 raised of $200,000 goal
439 donations
$81,986 to go
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