Aspire - Leadership for the future

'Stand on your own feet and believe in the possibility of change'

Sweeta Noori,
Country Director of the Afghanistan chapter of international humanitarian
and development assistance nonprofit organization Women for Women International

Sweeta Noori was born in Kabul in 1973, she is a daughter, a mother, a leader, a war-survivor and three-times a refugee. She has survived many regime changes and social shifts in her homeland, from the Soviet occupation, to the mujahidin, to the Taliban, to today's fledgling democracy. In her work as Country Director of Women for Women International-Afghanistan, she has assisted over 20,000 women in her country with financial assistance, rights education, and vocational skill straining. She was instrumental in launching one of Afghanistan's first microcredit lending programs targeted to women, which has disbursed over $11 million to approximately 47,500 women, maintaining a repayment rate of over 90%.


Building Blocks for the Girls

We have to believe inside that we deserve to be where we are, and to achieve what we have achieved. But we also have to understand that we cannot hold a belief that society owes us anything and instead make our own destinies, and likewise complain that nothing will ever change without understanding that we can control our own reality.