afghan action: carpet weaving project
Afghan Action has been working in Kabul since 2005 and is helping develop Afghanistan by training a new generation of weavers.
Despite major international reconstruction efforts, Afghanistan remains one of the world’s poorest and most dangerous countries - struggling to get back on its feet, whilst remaining dependent on military, charity and government aid.
The Department for International Development (DFID) through its Business Linkages Challenge Fund - administered by the Emerging Markets Group (EMG), an offshoot of Deloittes, introduced us to the charity in 2005, as consultants we developed a business model to enable Afghan Action to effectively market the carpets produced by the trainees.
Design concepts took traditional rug designs and made them contemporary by rescaling them. The familiarity of the designs also played to their strengths and ensured production could be achieved with ease. Their contemporary Afghan wool rugs are hand made on traditional looms woven using the wool of Ghazni sheep and using natural dyes bolstered by more modern dying techniques for bolder colours.
Afghan Action is an charitable social enterprise established in UK and Afghanistan to bring the brighter future for hundreds of Afghans including women and children. Since opening they have trained, educated and employed hundreds of young people. Their focus has been on training people ideally to create an entrepreneurial ripple effect across the country.