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.
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.