A loan of $1,100 helped to pay for higher education tuition.

Shukufa's story

Shukufa is a freshman in the Human Rights program, this is her story:

I am from Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. Tajikistan is an unstable and backwards country. Many of the women I know are not able to go to school or have a career. I believe that human rights should be protected regardless of gender, and that is why I chose the human rights program at AUCA.

The Soviet Union had many problems, but in Tajikistan it provided education for both men and women as equals. Since the 1990s, that system of education has collapsed, and has not been replaced. The result is that everyone, but especially women, have less access to education, which is the one thing that can help them live a meaningful life.

I want to study at AUCA because it is the most respected university in the region, and provides me with the opportunity to study human rights and bring those skills back to Tajikistan. I want to live in a country where all women are able to freely express their thoughts without fear.

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