It is 4:28am and I am awake with punishing jet lag. The first call to prayer has begun - thankfully the Iman at the mosque next door has a beautiful voice. The city is already buzzing: a mix of cars, house calls, bikes and pedestrians. Today is the day before Eid - one of the biggest Muslim holidays - and people are preparing to spend a few days with their families. Really not so different from what most Canadians are doing this Thanksgiving weekend. Families are the same everywhere and Afghan mothers want exactly the same for their children as we do.
We hosted two workshops for artisans and craft businesses yesterday and the response was incredible. We had three hours of intense discussion with each group about what it takes to get a product to market. The drive here is unbelievable. That is just one of the inspiring things about this place - the strong will move forward despite so many challenges and hardships.
It is an uncertain time for Afghanistan with the US army pulling out next year and a presidential election. But there are other ways to help than boots on the ground. Almost every Afghan woman makes a craft - embroidery, jewelry, tailoring, crocheting or something equally skilful. Help us grow Far & Wide Collective so that we can work with more of these women and help them to grow their businesses. Your purchase can be their connection to the world, the global economy and to a better life for them and their families.This is no small thing to do.
Happy Thanksgiving from Kabul!
photo (above): Mother and daughter artisans answering questions about their business