Empower Widowed Afghan Artisans

by Global Goods Partners
Empower Widowed Afghan Artisans
Empower Widowed Afghan Artisans
Empower Widowed Afghan Artisans
Empower Widowed Afghan Artisans
Empower Widowed Afghan Artisans
Empower Widowed Afghan Artisans
Empower Widowed Afghan Artisans
Empower Widowed Afghan Artisans
Empower Widowed Afghan Artisans
Empower Widowed Afghan Artisans


Global Goods Partners will provide widowed women artisans in Kandahar, Afghanistan, material and operational support, product design expertise, and access to international market channels. In cooperation with Kandahar Treasure, a locally-founded and led organization, the project will enable widowed artisans to sell their exquisite and unique hand-embroidered products in the international marketplace and, in return, earn income to provide for their families.

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In Kandahar, Afghanistan, decades of war and internal conflict have left tens of thousands of women desperately poor and widowed with few or no opportunities to provide financially for their families. This burden is aggravated by local conservative and patriarchal traditions that leave over 90% of Kandahar women illiterate with little mobility outside the home. This project is designed to provide dignified and durable work that will enable women in Kandahar the means to support her family.


In addition to material and technical support, GGP's design team will develop a range of products designed to appeal to international audiences that incorporate Khamak embroidery, a unique art form handed down from one generation of Kandahar women to the next. With GGP's established sales network, Kandahar Treasure products will reach an audience far beyond the local market, expanding the artisans' incomes and future earning potential.

Long-Term Impact

The project will provide material and operational support to 400 women artisans in Kandahar, Afghanistan, while at the same time developing Kandahar Treasure's in-house capacity to design collections of products for the international marketplace. With broader market appeal and robust promotion through GGP's marketing and sales network, this project will strengthen Kandahar Treasure's internal capacity and ensure fair living wages for women artisans for years to come.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).


Global Goods Partners website
Kandahar Treasure website
Global Goods Partners Facebook Page
Global Goods Partners Twitter

Organization Information

Global Goods Partners

Location: New York, NY - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @globalgoods
Joan Shifrin
Project Leader:
Joan Shifrin
New York, NY United States

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