The Dasht-e-Barchi women’s sewing group meets every week in one of the members’ homes. Each of the women comes bringing a plastic carrier bag filled with cloth, beads, and spools of thread.
Earn and save money
With practical business and numeracy skills, as well as marketable vocational skill (like tailoring or embroidery), women can begin to generate vital additional income for their families.
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Being able to earn an income and support herself and her children has changed the way Joyce views herself and her life. She has more self-confidence, and hope for the future. “I am now free from stress,” she says.