Masooma wanted to pay her respects to her martyred brother by taking his place as the family breadwinner, and USAID helped her by enrolling her into a three-month tailoring and sewing course at one of the two nearby vocational centers. These centers had more than 300 young women learning employable skills and receiving comprehensive toolkits at the end of successful training. “Ali had big dreams,” recalled Masooma. “He would always play soldier in the school tableaus. I have his picture in the police uniform from the day he enrolled into the force. He wanted to restore law and bring peace to our society.” This grant under the USAID Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program not only trained the young women but also linked them to the local markets where the shopkeepers buy their products. Establishing this demand and supply chain not only orients them with the latest trends in fashion but also provides them with a handsome amount to support their families through a dignified business. Masooma now supports the education of her younger siblings as she helps mend her family’s broken dream.
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