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Afghan Women Learn Traditional Carpet Weaving

 
£6,184
£3,697
Raised
Remaining

Summary

Women learn to weave beautiful carpets, preserving their ancient Persian traditions. Carpet sales earn women income to support themselves and their families.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Herat, Afghanistan, has been a center of fine carpet weaving for thousands of years. However, this ancient art is in danger of extinction because of the last quarter-century of civil strife in Afghanistan, which claimed the lives of thousands of skilled people and destroyed infrastructure, homes, and necessary resources. This project seeks to revitalize this ancient art by supporting women to be carpet weavers with training, supervision, equipment, and supplies.

How will this project solve this problem?

A dozen women will learn a skill and earn a living wage. Carpet sale income provides funding for health care and education, literacy, computer classes, and teacher training for about 350 people in Herat per month through project partner, AIL.

Potential Long Term Impact

Many Afghan women today experience cultural barriers to employment. But carpet weaving is a traditional income-earning occupation for women in Afghanistan. Therefore, women can easily use this skill to support themselves and their families.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: £6,184

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled £6,184 .  The original project funding goal was £9,881.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

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Funded

Thanks to 76 donors like you, a total of £6,184 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Toc Dunlap

Executive Director
Dearborn, Michigan United States

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