Changing lives in Afghanistan and around the world

December 29, 2010
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I want to share with you an article published by Reuters yesterday about Afghanistan. Unlike most of the news I’ve read about Afghanistan lately, this story has a message of hope – of positive change that is happening right now – and how BRAC is a part of it:

I want to share with you an article published by Reuters yesterday about Afghanistan. Unlike most of the news I’ve read about Afghanistan lately, this story has a message of hope – of positive change that is happening right now – and how BRAC is a part of it:

Safia, 32, took out a BRAC small business loan for 70,000 Afghanis ($1,555) so she could improve her beauty shop in the Kabul neighborhood of Polisukhta. A large vase with fake pink flowers adorns the window of Stara Beauty Parlor, where Safia and her employee do hair and make-up.

Safia had to ask permission from her husband to get the loan, but said her success had earned her more respect from him.
Posters of heavily made-up women with elaborate hairstyles decorate the shop walls and a thin curtain in the front window hides customers from people passing on the busy street outside.
“When I got the money it helped me to do a lot of work in my shop,” said Safia, a mother of two. “I will be able to make an independent future.”
Safia is one of hundreds of thousands of women in Afghanistan who are changing their lives with BRAC’s help with loans as small as $100 or as large as their ambition. What’s more, they are changing how women are perceived and treated in their communities, including by providing health care and investing in education for girls.
BRAC is helping millions of women in Asia, Africa, and now in Haiti change their lives, their families, and their communities for the better. Together, we’re touching more than 138 million lives, but we can’t do it without your help.

Click here to make your year-end gift to BRAC, and help us change even more lives. You only have a few more days to have your gift count for 2010! BRAC USA is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your gift will be fully tax-deductable.Best wishes,

Susan Davis
President & CEO
BRAC USA

P.S. Remember, you can also multiply your gift.

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