Wahida and her children
Meet Wahida, a graduate of WfWI. During her year-long holistic training program with WfWI, Wahida learned basic cosmetic skills, and now runs a beauty parlor in her home, allowing her to finance her children's education. Wahida is determined to fight for her children, both her sons and daughters, to ensure they have the best future possible.
Wahida is a mother in Afghanistan who runs a beauty parlor in her home that she was able to start with training from Women for Women International. With her neighbors and other women as customers, Wahida is able to earn 3,000AFN or 60.00 USD each month despite the lack of security, which can make it difficult to travel outside.
Wahida's experiences of war in her country have been nothing but hardship, and she dreams of the happiness that peace will bring. Wahida says, "My only wish is for my children, to see them educated and finish university." She hopes that despite all the challenges she's faced, it will be worth it to see her children graduate. Each day, Wahida works very hard in order to help her children be successful and happy.
As for herself, Wahida says she has not had very many happy moments in her life. For Wahida, "Seeing that a wife and husband are talking to each other, talking about love, and they are living in a very peaceful environment, this is when I feel happy. When I see that their children are playing with their fathers, this is a kind of happiness for me. My little girl always tells me that, 'Mom, I want to go to the market and buy a father and bring him home to never ever fight with you and always love you.'"
Wahida hopes that all mothers will allow their daughters the freedom to grow up and will not force them to marry while they are still children. She believes all mothers have a responsibility to their daughters, especially to ensure they go to school. Within her own family, Wahida faces opposition to sending her daughters to school from those who believe it is a shame. But for Wahida, her sons and daughters are the same, and she is determined to give her daughters the education that she never had.