About the Women We Serve in Afghanistan

Women care for 3 children on average

Average daily income is $0.13 at enrollment

94% have no formal education

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.

Women like Zarghuna have not lost hope. With your help, the Women for Women International – Afghanistan team provides our yearlong training programs for women, as well as programs to engage men.

Zarghuna's Story

Our Impact

Since 2002, Women for Women International - Afghanistan has served nearly 48,000 women through our yearlong program. Nearly 68,000 women have taken out microcredit loans to help them build their own businesses.

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

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Women earn and save money: Women report average daily personal income of $0.63 at graduation, compared to $0.13 at enrollment.

Women develop health and well-being: Nearly 100 percent of participants report practicing famiy planning at graduation, compared to less than 4 percent at enrollment.

Women influence decision in the home and community: Nearly 96 percent of participants report participating in household financial decisions at graduation, compared to 27 percent at enrollment.

Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: More than 95 percent of participants report sharing information about their rights with another woman at graduation, compared to 2 percent at enrollment.

Engaging Men Changes Attitudes

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 850 male leaders have participated to date.

In 2013, half of the men who participated in our men's programs reported that they took action to reduce gender-based violence, compared to just 2 percent at enrollment.

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