Afghanistan

Since 2002, Women for Women International - Afghanistan has served more than 51,000 women through our year-long programme. Nearly 68,000 women have taken out microcredit loans to help them build their own businesses.

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About the women we serve in Afghanistan

2 Average number of children women care for

$0.10 Average daily income at enrollment

87% Percent of women who have no formal education

Our work

Since 2002, Women for Women International - Afghanistan has served more than 51,000 women through our year-long programme.

Nearly 68,000 women have taken out microcredit loans to help them build their own businesses.

They started whipping me. After two lashes, I took the man’s hand, took the lash from him and I threw it into the river.

Zarghuna, Women for Women International - Afghanistan graduate

Our impact in Afghanistan

Decades of violence in Afghanistan have left millions of women and girls displaced or widowed. Common discriminatory practices, amplified by extremist groups, often make it dangerous for women to seek education, healthcare services, employment, or, in some cases, even to leave their homes.

After graduating from our programme, women report positive changes in four key areas:

  • Women earn and save money: Afghanistan programme participants report average personal income of $1.04 per day at graduation, compared to $0.00 at enrolment.
  • Women develop health and well-being: Nearly 100 percent of participants report practising family planning at graduation, compared to less than 1 percent at enrolment.
  • Women influence decision in the home and community: Nearly 99 percent of participants report participating in household financial decisions at graduation, compared to 71 percent at enrolment.
  • Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: More than 99 percent of participants report sharing information about their rights with another woman at graduation, compared to 1 percent at enrolment.

Engaging Men Changes ATtitudes

Women’s empowerment requires widespread social change that involves both men and women.

Women’s empowerment requires widespread social change that involves both men and women. The Women for Women International – Afghanistan team has successfully developed programming to engage men as allies in women’s empowerment by improving their knowledge about health, social, and economic issues that can negatively affect women.

Over 2,200 male leaders have participated to date. Nearly 40 percent of the men who participated in our men's programs reported that they shared information about the effects of violence against women with their community, compared to just 15 percent at enrolment.

Sponsor a sister today

Your monthly gifts of £22 could help support her through a year-long training programme that will give her the skills to support her family and transform her life.