Afghan Women Learn Traditional Carpet Weaving

 
$9,657
$5,343
Raised
Remaining
Feb 26, 2009

Update on Carpet Weaving Program

Since the last update, AIL has added one more woman to its carpet weaving program. The program now has a total of 11 women involved. Most of the carpet weavers are widows that have to other way to earn a living. Widows in Afghanistan live with their extended family, and are usually given a limited amount of space in which to live (one room of their own). One room is not enough space for the women to set up a loom to begin their own carpet weaving business, so AIL has set up looms in two centers for the women to use. Each center has master carpet weavers that work with the less advanced weavers in a program much like an apprenticeship. When a piece of carpet has been completed, AIL sells the piece and pays the weavers a living wage.

Aug 7, 2008

Snapshot (2008) of the Carpet Weaving Project

Creating Hope International’s project partner, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), trains widows and poor women to weave quality carpets at two centers in Herat, Afghanistan. While they are weaving carpets in the center, they are paid a salary (actually more than the salary of a teacher) and the finished carpets are then sold by AIL to help defray the costs of the program. Although some of the women are competent enough to weave carpets on their own, many do not have space where they live to put up the large loom that the carpets are woven on. There are currently 10 women working on three carpets at the centers. So far in 2008, the women have produced one very large carpet and seven smaller carpets.

Aug 16, 2007

Update of the Carpet Weaving Project—August 2007

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) trains widows and poor women to weave quality carpets in Herat, Afghanistan. While they are weaving carpets in the center, they are paid a salary (actually more than the salary of a teacher) and the finished carpets are then sold by AIL to help defray the costs of the program. Although some of the women are competent enough to weave carpets on their own, many do not have space where they live to put up the large loom that the carpets are woven on. In 2007, AIL opened a new Women’s Learning Center in a very poor area near Herat City. Because the center was new and had been built by AIL, there were more large rooms. The carpet weaving project was moved to this location. There are currently 10 women working on carpets at the center. Two of the women are master carpet weavers and teach the others. These two women attended training on marketing in April offered by a crafts organization. This project continues to be very helpful for widows and poor women.

Oct 17, 2006

Annual Report


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Oct 12, 2006

Update

The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) trains widows and poor women to weave quality carpets at its center in Herat, Afghanistan. While they are weaving carpets in the center, they are paid a salary (actually more than the salary of a teacher) and the finished carpets are then sold by AIL to help defray the costs of the program. Although some of the women are competent enough to weave carpets on their own, many do not have space where they live to put up the large loom that the carpets are woven on. There are currently 10 women working on four carpets at the center. In 2006, two women saved enough to begin working on carpets in their homes.

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