Hand in Hand International

Empowering women in Afghanistan

Empower women in Afghanistan to earn a better income and they will lift themselves out of poverty and earn the respect of their families and communities.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1113868)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£5,000

Amount raised

£5,436

Donations

27

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • "My new income means I can spend money on my daughter the way I think is best, without waiting for husband‚Äôs approval‚Äù

    — Feroza, tailor, Balkh, Afghanistan

  • "My new income means I can spend money on my daughter the way I think is best, without waiting for husband’s approval”

    — Feroza, tailor, Balkh, Afghanistan

Situation

The eyes of the world are on Europe’s refugee crisis, and rightly so. But this holiday season spare a thought for those who’ve been left behind. In Afghanistan, the source of 20% of refugees in 2015, women in Sar-e Pol are trapped by endemic poverty and patriarchy. Almost 50% of girls are married or engaged by 12, pushed into marriages by parents who can’t afford kids. Custom stops women from going to work or school, leaving their wellbeing entirely up to men. Domestic violence is increasing.

Solution

In Afghanistan, as elsewhere, money is power. Just ask Feroza, a 22-year-old mum who started a tailoring enterprise after joining Hand in Hand and learning the basics of business: “My new income means I can spend money on my daughter the way I think is best, without waiting for my husband’s approval.” The money she earns goes to food, medicine and, one day, school fees. Across Sar-e Pol, her story is being repeated: 73% of our members are women vs a target of 35% set by the Afghan government.