Afghan Hands

Afghan Hands teaches skills to help Afghan widows gain independence, literacy, and livable wages. At their centers in and around Kabul, women learn to create embroidered shawls and scarves, and their exquisite embroidery connects them to a wider world.

The centers are places to gather, study, and work. We pay the women to attend classes in the morning and embroider in the afternoon. Without this project, most have no means to educate themselves. Through Afghan Hands, they leave the walls of their compounds and attend seminars on basic human, legal, and religious rights. They prepare for work as free women do elsewhere in the world. This way, no one will ever imprison them in the name of law, honor, or religion.

We asked the women of Afghan Hands to apply some of their stitching onto iPhone pouches.