Eternal Threads has begun tailoring courses in Afghanistan to give women the training they need to be able to have their own home businesses. We have just completed one of these six month courses for 10 women and began a new course on September 1st. These training courses are vital because they give women, especially widows, who cannot sell their goods in the open marketplace a way in which to create life-saving income for their families.
Our partner in Aghanistan oversees this project and a trained tailoring teacher is paid a monthly salary to work with the women on a daily basis. The hand crank sewing machines that they use during the course will be gifted to them on the completion of the course along with a $120 small business loan. This loan will to help them get started in their home business, providing money for start-up supplies and a sign for the outside of their home to advertise to their neighbors that they are in business.
Our Afghan partner describes the benefits of this project ~
“The tailoring course we have is really helping the women. They are so happy coming to learn how to make clothes. Even people from other parts of the city came to me and asked if we can have the same training in their area. The women are so hopeful for the skill they are learning, they always talk to me about the future. The women told me that when they are complete with the course that they will be a real tailor in the place where they live and they will be able to make money from this. In this way they will feed their family members and help the man of the family financially. In this case, they will not be under pressure from their husbands as they have been before because they are now also making money.”
If you are tempted to think that learning to sew is only an outdated hobby and can’t be that beneficial to women in the modern age, I’d like to recommend an incredible book ~ “The Dressmaker of Khair Khana.” This wonderful book tells the story of five sisters who survived the Taliban years on their own by having a tailoring business in their home. They not only employed themselves, but many young women in their neighborhood who had no way to survive otherwise. This book is a testament to the perseverance and will that Afghan women have to survive and enrich the lives of their families. They still desperately need these skills. Watch this wonderful video of the women at the training center in Afghanistan ~ Afghan tailoring course