Improving Their Livelihoods
For the women survivors served by our Conflict Response Fund, there is hope in their vocational training experiences, then pride.
Many Syrian women seek to gain professional experience to improve their families' standards of living. By committing to and completing months-long training, despite political and other challenges, they learned marketable skills that can serve them for a lifetime.
They learned life-changing vocational skills.
In 2021, the 48 Syrian women who participated in soap- and pastry-making vocational training courses increased their trade proficiencies by 45-100%. At graduation, all participants received small grants consisting of professional equipment and materials that would otherwise be out of reach.
Their self-confidence and sense of independence have grown.
CRF-funded program participants experience the support and encouragement of their trainers and classmates, even beyond graduation. Through post-program evaluations and through their letters, women who graduated courses reported that their training and grants helped them enter the workforce and even pursue dreams.
They are raising their standards of living.
These women survivors in Syria are making, marketing, and selling their products to friends, neighbors, larger circles, and stores. As a result, they are supporting their families and households, sending children to college, growing their businesses, and in some cases, saving money.
Women like Sahar.
Sahar lives with her husband and stepchildren. She worked knitting wool earlier in her life and used to sell handicrafts made using her wool-knitting machine. But with her husband unemployed and their financial situation suffering, she was forced to sell her machine. That’s when she learned about the vocational training courses offered by Women Now for Development, our CRF partner. Sahar enrolled in the pastry-making program and was distinguished for her motivation to learn and gain experience quickly. She is now able to earn a sustainable income with her skill and grant.