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Small Business

Small Business



Setting up a small business helps people create an income to support their families and often they need just a small amount of support to get started. Help provide low-interest loans, training and other support for people to start their own small enterprises in their community, providing them with not only an income but also a sense of worth and achievement.

How your gift helps

Ordinarily, livelihood options for women in Afghanistan are limited. In Jamila's village near Kabul, the influence of the Taliban has restricted women to certain types of work and scarce opportunities for social development. But with the support of TEAR's partner, Operation Mercy, Jamila has been able to use her innovation and determination to start a small business that makes the most of her skills, provides for her family, and champions women's empowerment in Afghanistan.

After joining a local women's Self-Help Group established by Operation Mercy, Jamila took a small loan and set up a steelwork business. From the yard at her home, she skilfully creates building scaffolding and other construction materials. It may be an unusual vocation for a woman in Afghanistan, but Jamila's initiative has developed into a profitable and empowering venture. When her husband was out of work during the winter, Jamila was able to help him find a new source of income by using another small loan to repair the family's motorbike. The family also now farms potatoes, onions and other vegetables, giving them enough nutritious food to feed themselves as well as sell to others.

Through participating in income-generation activities and training, many women like Jamila, who have previously been marginalised and silenced, are taking on new roles and decision-making responsibilities in their households and communities. This change is expanding beyond the project itself to be a movement of women throughout the country – there are now over 900 women's groups being driven by group members themselves!

About our partner

Operation Mercy has been working in Afghanistan since early 2002. A small team of expatriates work alongside Afghan staff, supporting Self-Help Groups, and providing training in Birth Life Saving Skills (BLiSS) across the country. Operation Mercy also produces high quality inspiring books and publications. In a country facing ongoing turmoil and struggle, the work of Operation Mercy is a visible sign of hope.

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