Micro Enterprise Program
The Afghan Coalition is dedicated to helping immigrant and refugee women create economic opportunities for themselves and their families. Since 2007, the Afghan Coalition’s emerging micro enterprise program has offered training in handicrafts, business training and English classes to women who have been under-served by the existing entrepreneurship training programs. In response to a formal strategic planning process in the summer of 2009, micro enterprise development and women’s empowerment was identified as a strategic direction for the Afghan Coalition. To this end, the Coalition is working to further develop this program to promote economic self-sufficiency for under-served and very low income Afghan women, many of whom rely on government assistance and suffer from multiple hardships.
Many Afghan immigrants and refugees often lack the certifications, licenses or language skills required to find jobs for which they may be qualified in the United States. Therefore, micro-enterprise training in conjunction with English classes (also offered by the Afghan Coalition) and other supports offer Afghan women a viable means for developing self sufficiency. Developing an income source based on their individual talents and experience gives them the chance to build an income and find fulfillment that is rarely possible with the few options available for low-wage employment.
Through the Micro-enterprise Program the Afghan Coalition Offers the Following Classes:
English Classes for Men and Women
Business Literacy Classes
Computer Classes for Men and Women
Individual Development Account (IDA): saving account that doubles your money, for refugees and asylees.
Afghan Community Co-Op Kitchen:
The mission of the Afghan Community Co-Op Kitchen is to promote food entrepreneurs to begin and build their business by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, marketing assistance and business knowledge. The Afghan Community Co-Op Kitchen provides a place for motivated entrepreneurs to refine their skills and form their culinary dream.
To participate in the Afghan Community Co-Op Kitchen:
Attend the Orientation.
Submit your Application and Business Plan.
If you need help submitting your application, arrange a meeting with our
staff. You may need to attend classes.
Interview with our staff.
Get approved and sign the user’s agreement to become an official participant
If you are interested in any of our programs, please contact Seema Farhad at: