From IDP to small business owner: 150 vocational skills trainees look forward to starting their own small business in Herat

Due to conflict and lack of educational perspectives, Fahima fled her home at Tolak District of Ghor Province. Like so many Internally Displaced People, she struggled to build a new existence when she arrived in Herat. Then Fahima became one of 58 female tailoring trainees with the Vocational Skills Training (VST) programme.

Through the VST programme, the Afghan-German Cooperation’s partner Afghan NGO Union Aid gives its trainees valuable business start-up support by providing trade-specific toolkits.  The NGO completed the programme in the districts of Injil and Guzara in Herat province and held handover ceremonies between 18th-20th May to provide additional materials for 70 female and 80 male trainees. The ceremonies were attended by local representatives, including the Department for Refugees and Repatriation and the Governor of Injil district.

Now, after successfully completing her six-month vocational skills training, Fahima has a positive outlook for her future:

I am so happy about what I have learned in this period. In six months, I have learned all tailoring steps, such as measuring, cutting, sewing, different models of cloths and I have received all necessary material in my toolkit.

To support Fahima in starting a new business, Union Aid also provided her and her fellow tailoring trainees with tailoring machines and essential tools like a worktable, iron and ironing board.

I am thankful to the Afghan-German Cooperation, Union Aid and all Union Aid staff who have given me this opportunity to learn tailoring professionally.’