Syrian Women of Courage
Across Syria, USAID promotes women’s empowerment. In honor of Women’s History Month, USAID is spotlighting Syrian women who have shown remarkable strength and courage, striving for a better life, and an inclusive community.
Women with Disabilities Breaking Barriers as Entrepreneurs
“I am single, I have a scoliosis [a spinal disability], and I am the breadwinner for my family as well as for the orphaned children of my brother, who died in the war. USAID supported me with a financial award to open a small sewing workshop near my house in my village. This support provided me with permanent professional stability and provides a convenient local service for women in my community. I have a lot of customers!” says Aya, 28 from rural Raqqa governorate.
USAID is proud to work with inspiring women like Aya, providing them with the tools for start-up or expansion of their entrepreneurial endeavors.
Farah, Small Business Owner
“My husband died during the bombing that took place in Raqqa Governorate during the conflict.
Thanks to God and with the support of USAID, I now run my own make-up and perfume business. My shop is in a residential neighborhood and is frequented by local women, whom I receive as customers. USAID’s support was like a warm embrace, for me and many people with disabilities. Their material and moral support has improved the financial, living and psychological conditions for my family and the families I live with," says 30 year-old Farah, from Raqqa City.
USAID is proud to work with inspiring female entrepreneurs like Farah.
Montaha, Pastry Chef
“In order to be the breadwinner for myself and my family, I must work and never stop," says Montaha, 38 years old and mother of three, in Raqqa City.
Montaha is one of hundreds of job seekers with disabilities in Raqqa governorate for whom USAID has found paid work placements.
“USAID found me employment in a bakery making pastries and sweets. When I am working, I appear to myself and to others as stronger and of more value to the community.”
Women Advocating for Women’s Empowerment in Syria
Kawthar is a midwife at a Syria Recovery Trust Fund-supported center. She tells us how empowering just one woman benefits her family, her patients, and her community.
I am a midwife at a center supported by the Syria Recovery Trust Fund. I have become financially independent through this job, resulting in improved living conditions for myself and my children. I have also been empowered within my community, given my independence and the expertise I developed through training sessions.
As for the women [patients] we have provided them with natural delivery services, birth control and pregnancy monitoring services, thereby, reducing expenses on them.
Kafaa, Administrative Assistant
With the help of the SRTF, Kafaa received administrative work training to become an executive assistant in a farming cooperative. With the right tools, women like her can succeed in their communities and give back.
“The [SRTF] provided us with training sessions and taught us how to use computers, how to manage our time, among other things. Now we are hopeful that we can prepare ourselves for the future and can go out to work or teach.
Women in rural areas are strong but need someone to help and encourage them. We hope that organizations such as the SRTF continue helping women and specifically women in rural areas."