GRANTS AWARDED
Lucknow, Mahela Sewa Trust, Uttar Pradesh, India: $10,000 awarded in January, 2016.
Goal: “Naee Roshni” project for beedi rollers and their daughters in the District of Raebareli.  Beedi Rolling is very poorly paid, so new skills in tailoring, fashion design, lace and button-hole making, knitting, and more will be provided for 198 women, so that they have safe and improved working opportunities.Cost Per Woman Trained: $50
Room to Read Literacy Program “Jenny’s Room to Read”, Government Upper Primary School Jatvas Ompura Jakhan, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India: $35,000 grant awarded in December, 2015.  (See individual donors below.)
IMW developed the project for the family of Zainab Jenny Kanji, a long-time and dedicated supporter of Invest in Muslim Women.  A library has been established in her name, honoring Jenny’s passion for reading, through the cooperation of the non-profit, Room to Read, Aliya Kanji Nedungadi, Ajit Nedungadi, Amir Kanji, Carl Pope, Shahnaz Taplin, Nasreen Virani, and Moez Virani.
Goal: Establishment of a library space with quality library materials in a child-friendly learning environment.  Four years of reading instructional support to be provided for students and training for teachers until the school and broader community can carry “Jenny’s Room to Read” forward. Room to Read to provide ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the literacy program throughout the four years. Benefits 258 students.Cost per Student: $136
Room to Read Girls’ Education Program in India: $6,000 grant awarded in September, 2015.
Goal: Ensures that 20 girls complete their secondary school education, developing essential skills and the ability to negotiate key life decisions. Duration of the project is 12 months.Cost Per Woman Trained: $300
Lucknow Mahela Sewa Trust (LMST), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India: $10,000 grant awarded in August, 2015.
Goal:Huner Se Amdani” project builds on earlier skills training in basic garment production and focuses on technologies for fashion design. 120 marginalized and underserved women will participate.Cost Per Woman Trained: $87
Muslim Advocates (San Francisco), USA: $ 2,500 grant awarded in May 2015.
Goal: This grant will help to support and strengthen Muslim charities by providing training on nonprofit governance and legal and financial compliance through in-person seminars, webinars, online resources, and through direct technical assistance from the program director. The average number of participants per live seminar is 90-95 charity leaders. Typically, upwards of 45-55% of participants are women.Cost Per Person Trained: $60
Lucknow Mahila Sewa Trust (LMST), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India: $ 5,412 grant, raised through donations to the Global Giving Challenge, June, 2014. Grant awarded in September, 2014
Goal: To train 50 Muslim and other impoverished women in essential tailoring skills, focusing on the production of “ready-made” and embroidered garments. These women can realize a 5-fold earnings increase of $60/month. Duration of project is 3 months.Cost Per Woman Trained: $100
Muslim Advocates (San Francisco), USA: $ 2,500 grant awarded in June 2014.
Goal: This grant will help to support and strengthen Muslim charities by providing training on nonprofit governance and legal and financial compliance through in-person seminars, webinars, online resources, and through direct technical assistance from the program director. The average number of participants per live seminar is 90-95 charity leaders. Typically, upwards of 45-55% of participants are women.Cost Per Person Trained: $60
Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO), Kabul and Ningarhar, Afghanistan: $ 1,480 grant awarded in April, 2014
Goal: To conduct a “Needs Assessment Survey for Public Toilets for 200 Women,” ages 18+ to determine if access to secure, segregated pay toilets would facilitate ease of access to work.Cost Per Person Surveyed: $5
Lucknow Mahila Sewa Trust (LMST), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India: $10,143 grant awarded in February, 2014
Goal: “HUNER” project focused on capacity building skills for creating livelihood opportunities. 150 marginalized women, ages 18-35, will be trained in basic and fashion design tailoring skills. Duration of project is 12 months.Cost Per Woman Trained: $68
Lucknow Mahila Sewa Trust (LMST), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India: $3,190.48 grant awarded in May, 2013
Goal: To publicize, mobilize and train 180 women from the marginalized section of the society in and around Lucknow City. Training was provided for 4 months under the project titled “Economic Empowerment of Domestic Workers“.

Cost Per Woman Trained: $18

SEMAH, Fremont, California, USA: $5,000 grant awarded in August, 2012

Goal: To provide financial literacy, business planning, marketing and entrepreneurial training to immigrant Afghan and South Asian Muslim women to start their own businesses in the Bay Area.

Two groups of Muslim women were trained by SEMAH: one of Afghan origin and the other of South Asian origin. The Afghan group focused on business management including QuickBooks, compliance and business permits. The South Asian women emerged from a “halaqa” group and focused on financial literacy, the intersection of US law and Islamic inheritance plus personal law. Domestic violence prevention was integral to the financial discussion, since violators often control their subjects through financial manipulation.

Cost Per Woman Trained: $250

Egyptian Women’s Horizon Association (EWHA) Cairo, Egypt:
The first grant for $5,000 was awarded in December, 2011 and the second grant for $2,500 was awarded in August, 2012. These grants were given to combat the high rate of Female Genital Mutilation which was 88% in Egypt.Goal: To support midwives and health barbers to start new businesses, giving cash prizes to mothers who have opted against female genital mutilation (FGM) for their daughters and to conduct awareness seminars against the practice of FGM.

EWHA was the first NGO to be legally recorded in the post-Mubarak era to combat female genital mutilation (FGM). EWHA attempted to persuade midwives and health barbers to stop performing the procedure which afflicts young girls physically and sometimes psychologically. EWHA provided start-up grants for practitioners of FGM to start new businesses and offset their loss of income.

Female Genital Mutilation often causes intense physical pain and often psychological trauma as well. 88% of 7-9 year old Egyptian girls, both Christians and Muslims, are subjected to this procedure. Though FGM is un-Islamic, un-Quranic and a pre-Islamic Nile Delta tradition, it is a classic case of Islam being trumped and conflated with local cultural traditions.

Outcome: The grants helped wean FGM practitioners from conducting the procedures. One midwife set up a tailoring business which saved 168 girls from FGM; another man, a health barber, was dissuaded from conducting 168 procedures of FGM per year and a third barber wanted to be a “Tuk Tuk” driver instead of doing 120 cases of FGM per year. The second grant focused on educating 151 females and 32 males through seminars, enabling them to obtain knowledge and awareness about the dangers of FGM practice and its overall harmful impact on a woman’s health. Cash prizes were given to 5 mothers who opted out from having FGM performed on their daughters.

Cost Per Participant in the 2 seminars: $4

Cost Per Woman opting out of FGM for their daughter: $50

Cost Per Girl: For $10 we can save a girl’s life by investing in a midwife and
For $17 we can save a girl’s life by investing in a barber

International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD), Washington, D.C., USA for a Project in Peshawar, Pakistan: $ 10,000 grant awarded in February, 2011

Goal: To train 35 Women Madrasa Teachers, who worked in girls’ madrasas, in a 21st century academic/human rights curriculum. The focus was on math, science and history as well as non-violence, human rights and gender parity. These madrasas are typically hard to reach and entirely self- governed.

Cost Per Teacher Trained: $ 286

Cost Per Student reached by a Retrained Teacher $ 2

TOSTAN, Mbour, Senegal: $ 5,000 grant awarded in February, 2011

Goal: To offer $20-50 micro grants (similar to interest free Islamic loans) enabling woman to jump-start their family incomes by paying for school fees, medical care and agricultural supplies to promote economic empowerment of women.

Cost: 113 participants (90% women) were assisted with loans averaging $ 26.50 in four different villages (Gapakh, Koupedj Serere, Fass Toucouleur and Latmingue)