Maharat is a sewing center and school established by two high-school volunteers, Maryam and Alya. Women in the village have the opportunity to learn the science of sewing and afterward can advance into their own career as seamstresses. The goal is to help women to become entrepreneurs and open their own businesses and become self-sufficient through this trade. Hands on Hope helps to provide materials and the sewing machines for graduates to start their sewing careers. This program is extremely successful and improves the lifestyle and standard of living for these women.