Afghan women are becoming increasingly active in financially supporting their families, thanks to Polish aid projects. One of the traditional skills that Afghan women are famous for is quilt-making. In keeping with this tradition, in 2012 the Polish-American PRT Ghazni – with financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – conducted a project aimed at encouraging Afghan women to undertake gainful activity.
Each of the workshop’s 25 participants produced four hand-made bedlinen sets: quilts with covers, pillows with pillowcases and bedsheets. These were then sold at market prices and the project participants were paid for their work.
After the workshop, the participants were given the sewing machines used during the workshop, which is aimed at encouraging them to continue working.
The traditional quilt-making workshop was directly linked to a separate PRT Ghazni project – equipping boarding houses which operate alongside a teachers’ training centre in Jaghori District. The boarding houses were furnished with the bedlinen sets produced during the workshop.