Women in the Economy (WIE) is a USAID-funded program that partners with Afghan women to help them find a new or better job, and with women-owned businesses or businesses that employ at least thirty percent women to increase their revenues. Through a series of programs under the theme of Forward Together, WIE works with job seekers, businesses, financial and training institutions, and many other stakeholders throughout Afghanistan that share the same goals to help Afghan women make investments in their own success and enter the mainstream Afghan national economy.
If you are a woman and you have at least a high school education, you can benefit from career services, get hands-on work experience through an internship or apprenticeship, and receive assistance in finding a permanent job. You may also apply for a Forward Together high value skills scholarship that provides financial assistance to learn job specific skills that will help qualify you for a new job or to develop a career.
WIE works with businesses owned by women or that employ women as 30% or more of staff, to increase their revenues. Activities focus on professionalizing management, developing and promoting entrepreneurship, and improving access to finance. Where appropriate, specialist technical expertise may be provided to businesses or industries with high economic growth potential.
WIE works through a national network of education and training providers and with business service providers to provide career and employment services as well as job skills development to female job seekers, and to support the business growth of target companies.