Project Artemis Afghanistan

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Project Artemis is a unique program that trains Afghan women entrepreneurs in business skills. With a total of 86 graduates since 2005, the program aims to build the entrepreneurial skills of promising Afghan businesswomen, enabling them to return to Afghanistan to create and grow sustainable businesses. Mentors assigned to each participant provide additional support as the women return home to establish or expand their companies. Other participants use their new business knowledge to succeed within civil society. Project Artemis graduates have returned to Afghanistan to run successful businesses that have created over 3,000 jobs for their local communities, and have trained and mentored well over 15,000 of their fellow Afghan citizens in business and leadership skills.

The multiplier effect of Project Artemis can be seen in the jobs created, the knowledge shared and the examples set for future generations. “I want to make these women rich,” says Thunderbird for Good Executive Director Kellie Kreiser. “If they have money, they will use it to create jobs, improve lives and break down barriers.”

Thunderbird brings together cohorts of motivated Afghan women for this two-week, intensive business training program which features:

  • Business courses taught by leading Thunderbird faculty
  • Personal coaching on business plans and goals
  • Site visits to a variety of small- and medium-sized businesses
  • Networking opportunities with global business networks
  • Continual follow-up support and business coaching online

Project Artemis alumni have returned to Afghanistan to start new ventures, grow existing businesses, empower and mentor others in their communities, strengthen their own families, create networks of women and businesspeople throughout the country, succeed in non-profit and educational organizations, and put their leadership and management acumen to good work in government.  The multiplying effect of Project Artemis can be seen in the jobs created, the knowledge shared, and the new examples set for future generations.

“The Artemis program in India was excellent. Visiting big businesses in India gave me new ideas and vision for my business, and I found business models to follow. With the knowledge I gained and the network I built through the Artemis Project, I am ready to expand and improve my business.” - Zakia Jafari (Artemis 2016)

“Today we expose to the world that Afghan women can do business, can travel alone, can walk beside everyone else and raise their voices. We show that we are brave, we are clever, we can have our own choices, we can reach our own wishes in our lifetime... This training has grown our capabilities and made us recognize who we really are.” - Geeti Aryanpur (Artemis 2013)

"As an Afghan woman, I want to affirm that a woman is capable of holding a cradle in one hand and the world in the other." - Najiba Faiz (Artemis 2010)


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