Reference : V-P-AF-E-01954
Date : 2012
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Kabul. Farzana lost her leg when she was three. She signed up for an ICRC vocational training in tailoring and then qualified for a microloan. At 20 years old she owns her shop and support her whole family.
Photographer : DANZIGER, Nick
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : reserved users only
Copyright : DANZIGER, Nick
Description : RC RC magazine, issue 1, 2013, p. 21

"I can do anything"


For young women and girls, a war injury can affect everything — education, prospects for marriage, their ability to work or contribute to their households. “I was 17, feeling depressed,” says Farzana, who lost her leg when she was 3 years old. “I stayed at home.” When she learned about ICRC vocational training in tailoring, she signed up and then qualified for an ICRC microloan through which she received 15,000 afghanis (US $ 300). “I bought a sewing machine for 10,000 afghanis and paid for a desk and some cloth. I paid the loan back in 18 months and then applied for a second loan.” Today, Farzana trains other women starting out in the tailoring trade and she owns the shop where she works. “I don’t pay rent! I support my whole family.”

Author: Nick Danziger
Original material : digital
Resolution : 4032x3024
Orientation : landscape
Colour/B&W : colour