Change a woman's world

Around the world women face discrimination. In some countries, women are not even allowed to work. Self-help groups are a way of empowering women to help themselves – supporting them to set up businesses, earn money and contribute to their families.

Why buy this Change a woman’s world gift?

  • Celebrate the power of women! Support women around the world and push for equality between men and women.
  • By empowering both men and women to earn an income, entire families will have a better quality of life.
  • Extra family income can help to pay for education, opening up even more opportunities for disadvantaged women and their children.

Case study: Empowering young women

“When my father realised that we have good income from selling milk he became very happy. I have truly proven that women can work outside the home and contribute to their family’s finances.” Nafas Gul, Afghanistan

Nafus Gul and her family live in rural, northern Afghanistan. Her family expected her to stay at home to cook and clean, rather than earn money. They used milk from their cow to make dried yoghurt, which gave them a small income.

Nafas Gul took the opportunity to join a CAFOD-funded women’s group – a group of ten women who work together to make healthy yoghurt using milk bought from all the members’ cows. The group then sell the yoghurt to local villagers in clean containers for a higher price and divide the income between them.

Nafas Gul now earns more than double what her family used to make from selling dried yoghurt. She has enough money to feed her cow and pay for her brother’s school fees. She’s also been able to put some money aside – a savings pot in case of an emergency – something she would never have dreamt of before.

Since joining the group, Nafas Gul has been able to go outside her home and meet with other women more often. She has become a role model for young women in her village.

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