Most of the AIL carpet weavers are poor widows that have very limited ways to earn a living. Widows in Afghanistan live with their extended family and are given a limited amount of space in which to live (one room of their own). Since one room is not enough space for women to set up a loom and begin their own carpet weaving business, AIL has set up looms in an AIL center for women to use. The center has a master carpet weaver who works with the less advanced weavers in an apprenticeship program. When a hand-woven carpet has been completed, AIL sells the piece and pays the weavers a living wage. In 2009 over ten carpets were completed with several more in process.
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