About ZARDOZI

Zardozi is an Afghan NGO which, under some of the most challenging circumstances for women in the world, has developed innovative ways to enable extremely poor women to become entrepreneurs. Zardozi’s hard learned lessons in developing solutions for poor Afghan women includes not only capacity building but also practical, on-going business support provided through grass roots, community-based business centres. Zardozi already works with over 8,000 poor women and is aiming to reach a target of 17,000 in the next three years.

Mah Jan took charge as the financial support of her family after losing her husband

Losing her husband was perhaps the saddest day in Mah Jan’s life. “My husband was the most carin... Read more

Kesht - How a rotating savings and credit system is financially empowering Afghan women

Sohaila, 44, and her family had a lavish Eid celebration this summer—a luxury that they’re not o... Read more

New Savings Group Teaches Crucial Business Skill

Until now, Zardozi has supported its clients’ entrepreneurial dreams with interest-free loans. But... Read more

Revamped Training Boosts Biz Confidence

From Zardozi’s beginnings, one of its mainstays in building women’s micro businesses has been th... Read more

Mazar Clients Expanding into Garment Workshops

The organic growth of garment-making experience and market knowledge among Zardozi’s clients over ... Read more

Sima Gul - Supports her family

Sima Gul is the daughter of her father’s second wife; when she was 13 years old her father who was...
Read more

Fatima - Struggles to be independent

Fatima is now 23 years old and living in Herat - there are 6 members in her family. She never attend...
Read more

Amina - Supports her drug addicted husband

Amina is a 35 year old woman from Herat province - she is married with 5 children, 4 of them in scho...
Read more

Hakima - supporting a step family

Hakima is a woman who was facing many problems; her husband had been falsely accused of theft and wa...
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Khoree

Khoree was married at fifteen years old to an unemployed man of thirty-five. She bore him three sons...
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Financial independence helped Marzia achieve her dreams

Marzia was never the one who could be content with staying at home, doing housework and raising chil... Read more

Shukria-A civil war widow

Shukria was widowed when her husband was killed during the Civil War; he was returning home from wor...
Read more

Sohaila-A struggling single parent

Sohaila is twenty-two years old and is from Herat Province. She was married to her cousin at sevente...
Read more

Nargis went from being a refugee with meagre income to a job-creating entrepreneur

To aid the meagre family income, Nargis had learned tailoring as refugee in Pakistan
Read more

How Suhila broke the circle of poverty through entrepreneurship

Suhila took a loan from Zardozi to start a shoe repair shop alongside her sewing business
Read more

Zardozi loans enable Amina to expand her business venture in Mazar 

The first loan was seed capital of 12,000 Afghanis to help Amina set up her tailoring shop.
Read more

From sewing blankets to sowing cucumber, how Pari Gul expanded her business at the age of 50

Fifty-year old widow Pari Gul knew little about running a business. She had spent most of her life r...
Read more

Mah Jan took charge as the financial support of her family after losing her husband

Losing her husband was perhaps the saddest day in Mah Jan’s life. “My husband was the most carin...
Read more

New Savings Group Teaches Crucial Business Skill

Until now, Zardozi has supported its clients’ entrepreneurial dreams with interest-free loans. But...
Read more

Revamped Training Boosts Biz Confidence

From Zardozi’s beginnings, one of its mainstays in building women’s micro businesses has been th...
Read more

Mazar Clients Expanding into Garment Workshops

The organic growth of garment-making experience and market knowledge among Zardozi’s clients over ...
Read more

Financial independence helped Marzia achieve her dreams

Marzia was never the one who could be content with staying at home, doing housework and raising chil...
Read more

Meena's eye for local fashion trends has helped her tailoring business foster

She noticed there was a demand for Peran Tumban (Afghan men’s outfit) among her villagers. She jumped at the business opportunity this popular fashion could provide.
Read more

How a beauty salon in Herat’s Ghalwan village turned into a haven for local women

The beauty salon not only allowed Jamila to attain financial independence, but it soon became a place of social meetings for local women
Read more

By taking matters into her hands, Rohina pulled her family out of poverty

The trainings not only helped Rohina improve her skills, but also empowered her with a new-found confidence.
Read more

From friends to business partner—Salima and Fawzia’s chicken shop supports their families

Salima and Fawzia met at Zardozi’s Sajadia Manbeh in Balkh province. They bonded with each other i...
Read more

From being a small-time tailor, Rizagul now employs 26 women

With loans from Zardozi, Rizagul was able to establish her own tailoring workshop, multiplying her family income as well as creating jobs for women in her community.
Read more

#ZardoziWomen: Sohela’s businesses are her pride and honour

I am Sohela, and this is my story. I am 25 years old and I live with my father in the district of Pa...
Read more

How Shafiqa’s little shop is bringing happiness to her community

Zardozi loaned her 20000 Afs which she used as initial capital to open a small general store in her garden
Read more

Sima Gul - Supports her family

Sima Gul is the daughter of her father’s second wife; when she was 13 years old her father who was...
Read more

Fatima - Struggles to be independent

Fatima is now 23 years old and living in Herat - there are 6 members in her family. She never attend...
Read more

Amina - Supports her drug addicted husband

Amina is a 35 year old woman from Herat province - she is married with 5 children, 4 of them in scho...
Read more

Hakima - supporting a step family

Hakima is a woman who was facing many problems; her husband had been falsely accused of theft and wa...
Read more

Khoree

Khoree was married at fifteen years old to an unemployed man of thirty-five. She bore him three sons...
Read more

Shukria-A civil war widow

Shukria was widowed when her husband was killed during the Civil War; he was returning home from wor...
Read more

Sohaila-A struggling single parent

Sohaila is twenty-two years old and is from Herat Province. She was married to her cousin at sevente...
Read more

Nargis went from being a refugee with meagre income to a job-creating entrepreneur

To aid the meagre family income, Nargis had learned tailoring as refugee in Pakistan
Read more

How Suhila broke the circle of poverty through entrepreneurship

Suhila took a loan from Zardozi to start a shoe repair shop alongside her sewing business
Read more

The house that Karima built

Karima started as a tailor and bead worker at Zardozi. Soon, her talents were noticed and she started to receive more orders from the market that brought with them a steady income.
Read more

Zardozi loans enable Amina to expand her business venture in Mazar 

The first loan was seed capital of 12,000 Afghanis to help Amina set up her tailoring shop.
Read more

From sewing blankets to sowing cucumber, how Pari Gul expanded her business at the age of 50

Fifty-year old widow Pari Gul knew little about running a business. She had spent most of her life r...
Read more

Mah Jan took charge as the financial support of her family after losing her husband

Losing her husband was perhaps the saddest day in Mah Jan’s life. “My husband was the most carin...
Read more

New Savings Group Teaches Crucial Business Skill

Until now, Zardozi has supported its clients’ entrepreneurial dreams with interest-free loans. But...
Read more

Revamped Training Boosts Biz Confidence

From Zardozi’s beginnings, one of its mainstays in building women’s micro businesses has been th...
Read more

Mazar Clients Expanding into Garment Workshops

The organic growth of garment-making experience and market knowledge among Zardozi’s clients over ...
Read more

Financial independence helped Marzia achieve her dreams

Marzia was never the one who could be content with staying at home, doing housework and raising chil...
Read more

Meena's eye for local fashion trends has helped her tailoring business foster

She noticed there was a demand for Peran Tumban (Afghan men’s outfit) among her villagers. She jumped at the business opportunity this popular fashion could provide.
Read more

How a beauty salon in Herat’s Ghalwan village turned into a haven for local women

The beauty salon not only allowed Jamila to attain financial independence, but it soon became a place of social meetings for local women
Read more

By taking matters into her hands, Rohina pulled her family out of poverty

The trainings not only helped Rohina improve her skills, but also empowered her with a new-found confidence.
Read more

From friends to business partner—Salima and Fawzia’s chicken shop supports their families

Salima and Fawzia met at Zardozi’s Sajadia Manbeh in Balkh province. They bonded with each other i...
Read more

From being a small-time tailor, Rizagul now employs 26 women

With loans from Zardozi, Rizagul was able to establish her own tailoring workshop, multiplying her family income as well as creating jobs for women in her community.
Read more

#ZardoziWomen: Sohela’s businesses are her pride and honour

I am Sohela, and this is my story. I am 25 years old and I live with my father in the district of Pa...
Read more

How Shafiqa’s little shop is bringing happiness to her community

Zardozi loaned her 20000 Afs which she used as initial capital to open a small general store in her garden
Read more

Being a Kadar Empowers Me

I am Durdana from Ghazni and I’m among one of the first batch of Kadar (volunteers) nominated by Z...
Read more

Cab Service for Women

Zahra takes a cab to work every day—a designated driver picks her up at star 7.40 am, and drops he...
Read more

Pekka Comes To Kabul

As part of a cultural exchange and collaboration initiative, Zardozi invited representatives of the ...
Read more

Sima Gul - Supports her family

Sima Gul is the daughter of her father’s second wife; when she was 13 years old her father who was...
Read more

Fatima - Struggles to be independent

Fatima is now 23 years old and living in Herat - there are 6 members in her family. She never attend...
Read more

Amina - Supports her drug addicted husband

Amina is a 35 year old woman from Herat province - she is married with 5 children, 4 of them in scho...
Read more

Hakima - supporting a step family

Hakima is a woman who was facing many problems; her husband had been falsely accused of theft and wa...
Read more

Khoree

Khoree was married at fifteen years old to an unemployed man of thirty-five. She bore him three sons...
Read more

Shukria-A civil war widow

Shukria was widowed when her husband was killed during the Civil War; he was returning home from wor...
Read more

Sohaila-A struggling single parent

Sohaila is twenty-two years old and is from Herat Province. She was married to her cousin at sevente...
Read more

Nargis went from being a refugee with meagre income to a job-creating entrepreneur

To aid the meagre family income, Nargis had learned tailoring as refugee in Pakistan
Read more

How Suhila broke the circle of poverty through entrepreneurship

Suhila took a loan from Zardozi to start a shoe repair shop alongside her sewing business
Read more

Zardozi loans enable Amina to expand her business venture in Mazar 

The first loan was seed capital of 12,000 Afghanis to help Amina set up her tailoring shop.
Read more

From sewing blankets to sowing cucumber, how Pari Gul expanded her business at the age of 50

Fifty-year old widow Pari Gul knew little about running a business. She had spent most of her life r...
Read more

Mah Jan took charge as the financial support of her family after losing her husband

Losing her husband was perhaps the saddest day in Mah Jan’s life. “My husband was the most carin...
Read more

New Savings Group Teaches Crucial Business Skill

Until now, Zardozi has supported its clients’ entrepreneurial dreams with interest-free loans. But...
Read more

Revamped Training Boosts Biz Confidence

From Zardozi’s beginnings, one of its mainstays in building women’s micro businesses has been th...
Read more

Mazar Clients Expanding into Garment Workshops

The organic growth of garment-making experience and market knowledge among Zardozi’s clients over ...
Read more

Financial independence helped Marzia achieve her dreams

Marzia was never the one who could be content with staying at home, doing housework and raising chil...
Read more

Meena's eye for local fashion trends has helped her tailoring business foster

She noticed there was a demand for Peran Tumban (Afghan men’s outfit) among her villagers. She jumped at the business opportunity this popular fashion could provide.
Read more

How a beauty salon in Herat’s Ghalwan village turned into a haven for local women

The beauty salon not only allowed Jamila to attain financial independence, but it soon became a place of social meetings for local women
Read more

By taking matters into her hands, Rohina pulled her family out of poverty

The trainings not only helped Rohina improve her skills, but also empowered her with a new-found confidence.
Read more

From friends to business partner—Salima and Fawzia’s chicken shop supports their families

Salima and Fawzia met at Zardozi’s Sajadia Manbeh in Balkh province. They bonded with each other i...
Read more

From being a small-time tailor, Rizagul now employs 26 women

With loans from Zardozi, Rizagul was able to establish her own tailoring workshop, multiplying her family income as well as creating jobs for women in her community.
Read more

Sohela’s businesses are her pride and honour

I am Sohela, and this is my story. I am 25 years old and I live with my father in the district of Pa...
Read more

How Shafiqa’s little shop is bringing happiness to her community

Zardozi loaned her 20000 Afs which she used as initial capital to open a small general store in her garden
Read more

Being a Kadar Empowers Me

I am Durdana from Ghazni and I’m among one of the first batch of Kadar (volunteers) nominated by Z...
Read more

Cab Service for Women

Zahra takes a cab to work every day—a designated driver picks her up at star 7.40 am, and drops he...
Read more

Pekka Comes To Kabul

As part of a cultural exchange and collaboration initiative, Zardozi invited representatives of the ...
Read more

Sima Gul - Supports her family

Sima Gul is the daughter of her father’s second wife; when she was 13 years old her father who was...
Read more

Fatima - Struggles to be independent

Fatima is now 23 years old and living in Herat - there are 6 members in her family. She never attend...
Read more

Amina - Supports her drug addicted husband

Amina is a 35 year old woman from Herat province - she is married with 5 children, 4 of them in scho...
Read more

Hakima - supporting a step family

Hakima is a woman who was facing many problems; her husband had been falsely accused of theft and wa...
Read more

Khoree

Khoree was married at fifteen years old to an unemployed man of thirty-five. She bore him three sons...
Read more

Shukria-A civil war widow

Shukria was widowed when her husband was killed during the Civil War; he was returning home from wor...
Read more

Sohaila-A struggling single parent

Sohaila is twenty-two years old and is from Herat Province. She was married to her cousin at sevente...
Read more

Nargis went from being a refugee with meagre income to a job-creating entrepreneur

To aid the meagre family income, Nargis had learned tailoring as refugee in Pakistan
Read more

How Suhila broke the circle of poverty through entrepreneurship

Suhila took a loan from Zardozi to start a shoe repair shop alongside her sewing business
Read more

The house that Karima built

Karima started as a tailor and bead worker at Zardozi. Soon, her talents were noticed and she started to receive more orders from the market that brought with them a steady income.
Read more

Zardozi loans enable Amina to expand her business venture in Mazar 

The first loan was seed capital of 12,000 Afghanis to help Amina set up her tailoring shop.
Read more

From sewing blankets to sowing cucumber, how Pari Gul expanded her business at the age of 50

Fifty-year old widow Pari Gul knew little about running a business. She had spent most of her life r...
Read more

Mah Jan took charge as the financial support of her family after losing her husband

Losing her husband was perhaps the saddest day in Mah Jan’s life. “My husband was the most carin...
Read more

New Savings Group Teaches Crucial Business Skill

Until now, Zardozi has supported its clients’ entrepreneurial dreams with interest-free loans. But...
Read more

Revamped Training Boosts Biz Confidence

From Zardozi’s beginnings, one of its mainstays in building women’s micro businesses has been th...
Read more

Mazar Clients Expanding into Garment Workshops

The organic growth of garment-making experience and market knowledge among Zardozi’s clients over ...
Read more

Financial independence helped Marzia achieve her dreams

Marzia was never the one who could be content with staying at home, doing housework and raising chil...
Read more

Meena's eye for local fashion trends has helped her tailoring business foster

She noticed there was a demand for Peran Tumban (Afghan men’s outfit) among her villagers. She jumped at the business opportunity this popular fashion could provide.
Read more

How a beauty salon in Herat’s Ghalwan village turned into a haven for local women

The beauty salon not only allowed Jamila to attain financial independence, but it soon became a place of social meetings for local women
Read more

By taking matters into her hands, Rohina pulled her family out of poverty

The trainings not only helped Rohina improve her skills, but also empowered her with a new-found confidence.
Read more

From friends to business partner—Salima and Fawzia’s chicken shop supports their families

Salima and Fawzia met at Zardozi’s Sajadia Manbeh in Balkh province. They bonded with each other i...
Read more

From being a small-time tailor, Rizagul now employs 26 women

With loans from Zardozi, Rizagul was able to establish her own tailoring workshop, multiplying her family income as well as creating jobs for women in her community.
Read more

Sohela’s businesses are her pride and honour

I am Sohela, and this is my story. I am 25 years old and I live with my father in the district of Pa...
Read more

How Shafiqa’s little shop is bringing happiness to her community

Zardozi loaned her 20000 Afs which she used as initial capital to open a small general store in her garden
Read more

#ZardoziWomen: Being a Zardozi Kadar empowers me, even as I empower others

I am Durdana from Ghazni and I’m among one of the first batch of Kadar (volunteers) nominated by Z...
Read more

Cab service for women, by women: Zardozi aspires to put women behind the wheels

Zahra takes a cab to work every day—a designated driver picks her up at star 7.40 am, and drops he...
Read more

Friends of Zardozi: Indonesian women’s organisation, PEKKA, comes to Kabul for knowledge exchange

As part of a cultural exchange and collaboration initiative, Zardozi invited representatives of the ...
Read more

Shafiqa wants her business to be an inspiration and create jobs

“I have more customer’s today because I’ve earned their trust by creating quality products”
Read more

With a little inspiration and training, Sidiqa turned her and family’s life around

"Zardozi opened my eyes and my mind to new possibilities"
Read more

Undeterred, Alema builds a future full of possibilities

Being single, never deterred her resolve to be independent. Setting up her dream shop has filled her future with possibilities
Read more

Najma takes her little beauty shop to the big city

Armed with better knowledge, and her dreams, Najma took a risk and moved her small beauty parlour into the big city.
Read more

Sima Gul - Supports her family

Sima Gul is the daughter of her father’s second wife; when she was 13 years old her father who was...
Read more

Fatima - Struggles to be independent

Fatima is now 23 years old and living in Herat - there are 6 members in her family. She never attend...
Read more

Amina - Supports her drug addicted husband

Amina is a 35 year old woman from Herat province - she is married with 5 children, 4 of them in scho...
Read more

Hakima - supporting a step family

Hakima is a woman who was facing many problems; her husband had been falsely accused of theft and wa...
Read more

Khoree

Khoree was married at fifteen years old to an unemployed man of thirty-five. She bore him three sons...
Read more

Shukria-A civil war widow

Shukria was widowed when her husband was killed during the Civil War; he was returning home from wor...
Read more

Sohaila-A struggling single parent

Sohaila is twenty-two years old and is from Herat Province. She was married to her cousin at sevente...
Read more

Nargis went from being a refugee with meagre income to a job-creating entrepreneur

To aid the meagre family income, Nargis had learned tailoring as refugee in Pakistan
Read more

How Suhila broke the circle of poverty through entrepreneurship

Suhila took a loan from Zardozi to start a shoe repair shop alongside her sewing business
Read more

The house that Karima built

Karima started as a tailor and bead worker at Zardozi. Soon, her talents were noticed and she started to receive more orders from the market that brought with them a steady income.
Read more

Zardozi loans enable Amina to expand her business venture in Mazar 

The first loan was seed capital of 12,000 Afghanis to help Amina set up her tailoring shop.
Read more

From sewing blankets to sowing cucumber, how Pari Gul expanded her business at the age of 50

Fifty-year old widow Pari Gul knew little about running a business. She had spent most of her life r...
Read more

Mah Jan took charge as the financial support of her family after losing her husband

Losing her husband was perhaps the saddest day in Mah Jan’s life. “My husband was the most carin...
Read more

New Savings Group Teaches Crucial Business Skill

Until now, Zardozi has supported its clients’ entrepreneurial dreams with interest-free loans. But...
Read more

Revamped Training Boosts Biz Confidence

From Zardozi’s beginnings, one of its mainstays in building women’s micro businesses has been th...
Read more

Mazar Clients Expanding into Garment Workshops

The organic growth of garment-making experience and market knowledge among Zardozi’s clients over ...
Read more

Financial independence helped Marzia achieve her dreams

Marzia was never the one who could be content with staying at home, doing housework and raising chil...
Read more

Meena's eye for local fashion trends has helped her tailoring business foster

She noticed there was a demand for Peran Tumban (Afghan men’s outfit) among her villagers. She jumped at the business opportunity this popular fashion could provide.
Read more

How a beauty salon in Herat’s Ghalwan village turned into a haven for local women

The beauty salon not only allowed Jamila to attain financial independence, but it soon became a place of social meetings for local women
Read more

By taking matters into her hands, Rohina pulled her family out of poverty

The trainings not only helped Rohina improve her skills, but also empowered her with a new-found confidence.
Read more

From friends to business partner—Salima and Fawzia’s chicken shop supports their families

Salima and Fawzia met at Zardozi’s Sajadia Manbeh in Balkh province. They bonded with each other i...
Read more

From being a small-time tailor, Rizagul now employs 26 women

With loans from Zardozi, Rizagul was able to establish her own tailoring workshop, multiplying her family income as well as creating jobs for women in her community.
Read more

Sohela’s businesses are her pride and honour

I am Sohela, and this is my story. I am 25 years old and I live with my father in the district of Pa...
Read more

How Shafiqa’s little shop is bringing happiness to her community

Zardozi loaned her 20000 Afs which she used as initial capital to open a small general store in her garden
Read more

#ZardoziWomen: Being a Zardozi Kadar empowers me, even as I empower others

I am Durdana from Ghazni and I’m among one of the first batch of Kadar (volunteers) nominated by Z...
Read more

Cab service for women, by women: Zardozi aspires to put women behind the wheels

Zahra takes a cab to work every day—a designated driver picks her up at star 7.40 am, and drops he...
Read more

Friends of Zardozi: Indonesian women’s organisation, PEKKA, comes to Kabul for knowledge exchange

As part of a cultural exchange and collaboration initiative, Zardozi invited representatives of the ...
Read more

Shafiqa wants her business to be an inspiration and create jobs

“I have more customer’s today because I’ve earned their trust by creating quality products”
Read more

With a little inspiration and training, Sidiqa turned her and family’s life around

"Zardozi opened my eyes and my mind to new possibilities"
Read more

Undeterred, Alema builds a future full of possibilities

Being single, never deterred her resolve to be independent. Setting up her dream shop has filled her future with possibilities
Read more

Najma takes her little beauty shop to the big city

Armed with better knowledge, and her dreams, Najma took a risk and moved her small beauty parlour into the big city.
Read more

With a little training and a lot of courage, Hamida pursued her lifelong dream of starting her own beauty parlour

As a young woman, Hamida used to run a small beauty parlour in her house in Mazar-i-Sharif. She was ...
Read more

Zahra’s little shop caters to a niche market of women consumers in her village

When Zahra started her little store, she knew she was breaking longstanding cultural and social taboos. It is after all unusual for women in Afghanistan to be shopkeepers.
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How Nargis' new-found skills are helping support her family, educate her siblings

Nargis hasn't yet been married. Although, it is not clear how old she really is, it is unusual, but...
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Help Afghan Women Artisans participate in the International Trade Fair in New York City

Zardozi has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to help us send two of our extremely talented and hand-working women artisan to participate in an international trade exhibition in New York City.
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Anisa built a tailoring business in her village, despite security concerns

When Zardozi started their work in Shewaki, Anisa jumped at the opportunity and enrolled for their tailoring and business course.
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At 50 years age, Maryam’s livestock farm brought her financial independence

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Letter to the readers - The year that was, and things to look forward to

The year 2016 has truly been an eventful year for Zardozi, both in programme and personal terms. As ...
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Beyond Entrepreneurship: Creating Opportunities for Afghan Women

By Dr Kerry Jane Wilson In Afghanistan today there is a significant emphasis on women's economic em...
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Aziza takes her fashion business further with bead-working

For eighteen-year-old Aziza, dressing up was always a matter of joy. However, as a daughter of a sch...
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