Recently, AIL was asked by the Afghan Ministry of Women’s Affairs to report on the impact AIL’s programs have had. We were amazed by our findings. Since beginning in 1996 through May 2009, 220,970 Afghans have been educated and received skills training in AIL schools, centers and post-secondary programs. Overall 6,778,026 Afghan lives have been directly impacted by AIL programs.
One of the skills that Afghan widows have learned at AIL centers is carpet weaving. Studying under master carpet weavers, the women learn to weave high quality carpets while earning a salary that enables them to support their families. After their apprenticeship, the women are then able to use what they have learned to support their families by weaving carpets.
There are currently six carpet weavers working in an AIL center near Herat, Afghanistan. These six women are working on three pieces of carpet which are 57% completed. These six women are paid a living wage for their work carrying on an Afghan tradition.
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