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Breaking the cycle of violence isn’t easy. But by sharing and applying what she learned in the WfWI training program, Mary was able to put a stop to the violence in her home.

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When Christiana was unable to become pregnant and bear children, her husband became abusive. She found support in her network of friends in the WfWI training program.

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Political instability ended Makfire’s dreams of graduating from college, but it didn't stop her from trying to reach her potential. A student at the University of Pristina in Kosovo in the 1990s, she remembers how the school was forced to close its classrooms.

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“I have a vision and a direction,” says Martha Mukambonera, as she describes the changes she has experienced in her life over the past year.

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“I am very happy that I managed to pay for my daughter’s college semester this year,” says Violeta Mulaj, a graduate of Women for Women International’s program in Kosovo.

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When Remzije lost her husband at a young age and was left to raise their five children alone, she never imagined she would become a local business leader.

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At the end of each year of teaching, Philomene would challenge the women in her class: “Are you going to stop improving now that the program is over?”

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“I always knew that women were powerful,” says Tiffany Reed, who has sponsored several women through Women for Women International’s program over the past few years.

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“When a woman in our program has the courage to tell her Life Skills trainer ‘I have been raped,’ we refer her to Panzi Hospital,” explains WfWI – Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Acting Country Director

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