Assistance to the Afghan MoWA, Vocational Training and Women Entrepreneurship

Project Name: Assistance to the Afghan Ministry of Women Affairs, Vocational Training and Women Entrepreneurship (AVaWE)
Project Type: Education and Promoting Income-Generating Activities
Project Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Duration of Project: 2009
Donor of Project: Italian Cooperation
Status of Project: Ended

In December 2004 the Italian Cooperation (IC) Office in Kabul started a project in favor of Afghan vulnerable women in partnership with the Ministry of Women Affaires, both in Kabul and Baghlan.

Two professional training centers have been established in Kabul: i- Qala-e-Fatullah and ii- Women Garden Center.

In addition, the program established a nursery in the Women Garden premises for the children of the trainees, providing them proper care and meals as well as medical assistance. Furthermore, after completing one year training, each group of women elected a head, a deputy head and an administrator and then formed four small female enterprises, that were registered with AISA as following:

1- Nazo Ana: Mobile Repairing Company
2- Sultan Razia: Gems Cutting Company
3- Tolo- e – Shams: Solar Lantern Assembling Company.
4- Mushtari: Cooking and Catering Services Company

These business companies produce and market goods and service in order to reach economic self sufficiency. The beneficiaries were also assisted in opening bank accounts to deposit their income and run their business safely.

A central shop, provided by the MoWA, was also equipped where the companies can display and sell their products and services, as well as advertise their activities. Through this program, a kitchen was refurbished and furnished within the MoWA where the Mushtari Company now provides daily meals to about 300 employees of the Ministry and trainees of the cooking and catering course also opened a restaurant within the Women Garden opened to families.

In the start of year 2009, all of the activities of these projects in Kabul, were handed over to HAWCA and we implemented all of the activities in the first three months of year. There are 406 direct and 2436 indirect beneficiaries in this project.