Zardozi - Markets for Afghan Artisans

Zardozi Markets for Afghan Artisans has provided marketing support services to homebound Afghan women embroiderers since 1984. In 2008, Zardozi shifted from a direct service delivery model to one of market facilitation.  The objective is to raise incomes for women with limited or no education through commercially sustainable system which links female producers to local markets. Zardozi’s sustainability strategy hinges on establishing a membership based organization (called Nisfe Jehan)  that will continue to not only support women engaged in production or marketing but also engage in subsector growth and development. In 2011 Zardozi signed a contract with a consortium of donors for a greatly enhanced flow of funds and increased targets of achievement over a three year period. Zardozi has now completed the second year of this three year project and is looking for additional capacity building for staff to ensure that inclusive and innovative strategy development continues during the last part of the project and during the coming Phase 2.
Zardozi Markets for Afghan Artisans has provided marketing support services to homebound Afghan women embroiderers since 1984. In 2008, Zardozi shifted from a direct service delivery model to one of market facilitation.  The objective is to raise incomes for women with limited or no education through commercially sustainable system which links female producers to local markets. Zardozi’s sustainability strategy hinges on establishing a membership based organization (called Nisfe Jehan)  that will continue to not only support women engaged in production or marketing but also engage in subsector growth and development. In 2011 Zardozi signed a contract with a consortium of donors for a greatly enhanced flow of funds and increased targets of achievement over a three year period. Zardozi has now completed the second year of this three year project and is looking for additional capacity building for staff to ensure that inclusive and innovative strategy development continues during the last part of the project and during the coming Phase 2.

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