About the Women We Serve in Afghanistan

Women care for 3 children on average

Average daily income is $0.16 at enrollment

88% are illiterate

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 more than 45,000 women through our yearlong program. Over 67,000 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: Nine times as many participants report earning more than $1.00 per day two years after graduating from our yearlong program.

Women develop health and well-being: Three times as many participants report practicing family planning two years after graduation.

Women influence decision in the home and community: More than twice as many participants report being involved in household financial decisions.

Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: Nearly five times as many participants report they have shared knowledge of their rights with other women in their communities.

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 700 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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