Late last year, in November 2016, Zardozi started its programme in a new province, Kapisa, in addition to its existing regions of operation in Afghanistan. Initiated in associating with Women for Women International (WFWI), the programme has helped bring Zardozi’s expertise in women’sRead more
For 45-year-old Seema Gul, from Nangarhar province, life was one big gruelling journey. As the sole support of her family of 10, she was constantly looking for work and barely made a living with meagre earnings. “I was really tired with my life; and was unable to find a singleRead more
Zardozi is pleased to welcome Homa Usmany as our new Executive Director. Usmany brings with her tremendous experience of working with governmental and international projects and organisations in Afghanistan.
Usmany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Public Administration fromRead more
Located in the heart of busy and bustling market, in the ancient city of Mazar-i-Sharif, is little shop called Nisfe Jahan, which in Dari, literally means ‘half of the world’. Their name is a token of positive symbolism towards the women, whose needs the shop caters to, as wellRead more
For eighteen-year-old Aziza, dressing up was always a matter of joy. However, as a daughter of a school teacher, in a family of twelve, financial resources were always limited. But even in adversity she fashioned herself the best she could, sometimes stitching her own clothes theRead more
With the help of Zardozi, and a strong entrepreneurial drive, 38-year-old Najma was able to set up her own garments shop in Kabul a few months ago. She employs 15 women as homeworkers and has already developed a dedicated clientele. However, she isn’t very satisfied with the rateRead more
By Dr Kerry Jane Wilson
In Afghanistan today there is a significant emphasis on women's economic empowerment (WEE) with a plethora of projects aiming to integrate women into markets. With some notable exceptions such as the PROMOTE project, many WEE projects seem to lack clarity
The year 2016 has truly been an eventful year for Zardozi, both in programme and personal terms. As the year closes, however, Zardozi appears to be on course for a challenging and dynamic future.
A major shock for all Zardozi staff and supporters was the kidnapping of Dr KerryRead more
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.Read more
Armed with better knowledge, and her dreams, Najma took a risk and moved her small beauty parlour into the big city.Read more