Afghan Women Learn Traditional Carpet Weaving

by Afghan Institute of Learning
$9,657 Raised
total goal
monthly donors
Women learn to weave beautiful carpets, preserving their ancient Persian traditions. Carpet sales earn women income to support themselves and their families.


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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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

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Organization Information

Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
Project Leader:
carolyn dunlap
Dearborn, Michigan United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 76 donors like you, a total of $9,657 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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