Afghanaid is an international charity that operates only in Afghanistan. We work alongside Afghans in the most remote and marginalised areas of Afghanistan, to help them meet their survival and development needs.
Afghanaid is an international humanitarian and development non-governmental organisation (NGO), created in 1983 specifically for the Afghans.
Extreme poverty in rural Afghanistan hits women hardest, robbing them of their rights, their access to education, and even their good health.
Afghanaid knows that women with their own income are not only able to provide for their loved ones, they are also women with power – able to achieve their potential and command respect in their communities. That is why our Women's Economic Empowerment Programme offers vocational training and tools to unlock this potential and transform lives.
One woman whose life has been transformed by this programme is Sabira. Without any vocational skills and very few opportunities for domestic work in her village, Sabira struggled to buy the necessities of life for her two young daughters. Afghanaid came to her village and offered the women the chance to learn a livelihood skill. She chose to learn tailoring.
"For a long time we struggled. Before the project I could not even mend a hole in my own dress. Now I have used my new skills to launch a small business. Afghanaid gave me all the tools I needed to get started.
With the money I make from selling dresses I can provide not only for my children but for my extended family too.
Thanks to Afghanaid’s training, I have gained my independence. I no longer have to rely on money from my husband; we support each other. I have saved enough money for a plot of land and we are building a family home."
We have already had an incredible response from supporters keen to help us reach even more vulnerable women before 2017, but there is so much more to be done. Share Sabira's story with your friends and family so that, together, we can give hope, opportunity, and independence to Afghan women this winter.
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