About the Women We Serve in Afghanistan

Women care for 2 children on average

Average daily income is $0.10 at enrollment

87% 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 programmes for women, as well as programmes to engage men.

Zarghuna's Story

Our Impact

Since 2002, Women for Women International - Afghanistan has served more than 109,000 women through our year-long programme. Nearly 110,000 women have taken out microcredit loans to help them build their own businesses.

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

KBL dashtbarchi graduation

Women earn and save money: Afghanistan programme participants report average personal income of $1.27 per day at graduation, compared to $0.10 at enrolment. 

Women develop health and well-being: Nearly 95 percent of participants report practising family planning at graduation, compared to 1 percent at enrolment. 

Women influence decision in the home and community: Nearly 99 percent of participants report participating in household financial decisions at graduation, compared to 42 percent at enrolment. 

Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: More than 99 percent of participants report sharing information about their rights with another woman at graduation, compared to 2 percent at enrolment. 

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 2,200 male leaders have participated to date.

Nearly 40 percent of the men who participated in our men's programs reported that they shared information about the effects of violence against women with their community, compared to just 15 percent at enrolment.