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An Interview with WfWI graduate and Mayor Jasminka Begić

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“I wanted to enroll in the Women for Women program after I heard an announcement made in church. I wanted to learn how to calculate profits and losses, and how to better manage my business.” The trainings have helped Unis achieve both of these.

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Since joining Women for Women International, Regina has been working to improve the health of those in her community.

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I’m 39 years old. I’m married and I have two children of my own, a son and a daughter. And I have adopted five more children, because of the genocide.

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I’m married with five children—three girls and two boys. I’m 50 years old. I was the eighth child, out of ten in our family. Rwanda was where I was when the genocide began. I escaped during the genocide and did not return to Rwanda until after it ended.

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“Throughout my life I have faced many hardships,” says Zainab, a 43-year-old woman who lives in Ogbagbala village in Kogi State, Nigeria. She is married and has six children—three boys and three girls, ages 5 through 25.

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Kadire Tahiraj is a mother of three, and lives with her husband and children in a small two room house.

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For Valbona, the war in Kosovo destroyed everything she and her family had. “We tried to stay in Kosovo for as long as we could. My husband and I fled our village to escape the violence. In April 1999, things became too unstable and dangerous, so we left for Albania.

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Awham remembers the year the war started in Iraq, and the additional hardships she faced after her husband fell ill and lost his job. “I was left to care for my four children with no income.

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I was a happy woman, wife, and mother before the war came to my front door. After high school, I wanted to earn some money and explore the city so I went to be a babysitter for a family in Bukavu.

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