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Atlanta woman sews hope

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An Atlanta woman has found a special way to help other women who live thousands of miles away.

Afshin Khan, 25, was born in Pakistan. It's a country where domestic violence against women often goes unreported and unpunished.

"If I were still there today, I would've been married at the age of 10 and had 20 kids by now," said Khan.

But Khan was lucky. She was able to get an education and move to the U.S., something most women in Pakistan never have the opportunity to do.

"Education, I believe, is the key to anything and everything in this world, if you want anything to progress."

Khan and her mom, who still lives in Pakistan, wanted to find a way to help women in Pakistan who are suffering from domestic violence. They came up with the idea of opening a tailoring center.

The center teaches the women, often uneducated and unemployed, how to sew. Once a week, they take their clothes to the market. All of the profits go to the women to invest in their own children and their children's education.

The tailoring center started with just five women. There are now 50.

Khan will graduate from Emory in May with a Masters in Public Health. She plans on continuing her work with Pakistan.

"If I feel overwhelmed, if I give up, everyone else is going to give up, and we're not going to do anything. Somebody has to start somewhere, no matter how tiny it is."

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