By Lyndsay E Booth | Online and Multimedia Marketing Coordinator
Meet Azada, a graduate of WfWI. During her year-long holistic training program with WfWI, Azada learned how to cut gem stones to make jewlery, allowing her to find a job after graduation so she could support her family. Learning a vocational school and being able to support herself and her family has provided her with a massive sense of accomplishment. Go Azada!
Azada was 14 when her father asked her to marry a cousin of hers; hoping, as is common in some forms of Islam, that a relative would treat her better than a stranger. It wasn’t the case.
Azada had two daughters with her husband, and wondered how she’d ever be able to escape his abuse. Finally her father agreed she should divorce, and she lived with him in Pakistan, performing difficult and low-paying labor to survive, until the Taliban fell in 2001.
Upon her return to Kabul with her family, Azada enrolled in Women for Women International’s sponsorship program and learned to cut semi-precious stones for jewelry. Now she teaches other women the skills she acquired with Women for Women International. Her most prized possession is her certificate of employment. “I never thought that I would have the opportunity to support myself without a man,” Azada says. “Now... I am doing it!”
By Lyndsay Booth | Online and Multimedia Marketing Coordinator
Meet Pashton, a graduate of WfWI. During her year-long holistic training program with WfWI, Pashton learned new tailoring skills, allowing her to find a job after graduation so she could support her family.
Pashton is a 35 year old widow who lost her husband in the war. She is now the single mother of six children; three sons and three daughters. Before Pashton was busy as a tailor but experienced countless economic difficulties. Pashton was introduced to the Woman for Women office and now feels happy because she is once again an active woman in the community.
Pashton is working with the Safi Apparel Corporation and is discovering new tailoring skills. Pashton is very intelligent and a diligent worker. She is so thankful for Women for Women International. Pashton says "I had many difficulties and now by the grace of Allah have few. I am taking my 75 dollar salary from Safi Apparel Corporation in the merciful Allah because now my life condition is better then previous."
She is able to send her six children to school and is so grateful to WWI for providing her with this unprecedented opportunity of working at the Safi Apparel Corporation.
By Lyndsay Booth | Online and Multimedia Coordinator
Forced into marriage at 15, Zarquona was widowed one year later and unable to care for her newborn daughter. But when she joined Women for Women International, her faith in the future was restored. Thanks to the business skills she learned, Zarquona is now an entrepreneur making a tremendous difference in the lives of the women around her. She employs 120 local women, helping her neighbors become financially independent. By helping a woman like Zarquona, you can improve the lives of many others, creating a ripple affect of hope and prosperity that reaches hundreds more women in the nations we serve.
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