AimThe aim of this project was to not only create a source of income for women in Wardak province but also supply the provinces’s local population with quilts before the cold winter season.
BeneficiariesWomen and their families from the four districts of Wardak province.
IMPACTRaw materials and equipment were freely distributed to women in the target area, which the women used to manufacture quilts. AWEP bought these quilts from women, paying them for their labor, and then freely distributed the quilts back to the local population. This not only supplied the local population with quilts, but also created a source of income for women. In addition, as year 2002 saw the return of a huge number of Afghan refugees from the neighboring countries of Iran and Pakistan, the demand for quilts was high, giving the women a continued source of income by producing and selling quilts to businesses and humanitarian aid organizations.
By contributing to the family income, the women get to have a greater say in the family decision-making process. As such this project is much more than quilt-making, it is about the empowerment of women.Jamila Zamir | Director AWEP