Afghanistan Beyond 2014: The international community must sustain a "fairly robust aid network" in Afghanistan after US troops withdraw in 2014 in order to ensure that the country doesn't revert to a safe haven for terrorists, said Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, head of US Central Command. Speaking before the House Armed Services Committee last week, Mattis said the process of helping the Afghans reach self-sufficiency has been difficult since Afghanistan was a nation "where literacy and any kind of governmental organization [was] totally lacking." However, the need for foreign aid will eventually taper off as the Afghan economy grows, he noted. "Afghanistan is starting to get some economic vitality showing up from extraction industries," said Mattis. Its education system, he continued, is starting to churn out people "directly employable to do things that are more than just subsistent farming." He said the United States and its coalition partners have helped build logistics schools for the Afghan military so that it can "maintain the military infrastructure and equipment we're giving them." (Mattis' written statement)
Brrrrr! It's getting cold, and the holidays are quickly descending upon us! Keep us in mind if you are looking to give a stunning gift that also empowers an Afghani woman with a job that could not exist without your help.
In good news, our new scarf inventory should be posted to our new website within one week, and we will be featuring shipping specials with the grand release of our new-and-improved website! "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the latest and greatest.
As always, we thank you for your support. With you, we are able to help hundreds of women in Afghanistan, Kenya, and Haiti.
We are proud to announce the launch of our new veteran led "Social Venture Capital" business. The focus of this venture is aimed towards groups who are stability focused and are looking for assistance in getting involved in "Peace Capitalism." The Peace Trade logo is symbolism that the product you choose to buy is helping create stability in war-torn or poverty stricken regions around the globe. To learn more check out the site by clicking HERE.
At Flying Scarfs we use the term Empowerment as our rallying cry. We have seen the effects of using it as a tool to drive results in each of our endeavors. Whether we're in Afghanistan, Haiti, Kenya or back home in the US, empowerment is more than just a word we throw around...it's the future. Check out our latest piece at the Millennial Veteran Project by clicking HERE.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to ABC News for doing a great piece on our organization. If you would like to see the entire episode on Second Tour, click HERE.
Tomorrow the printed edition of our story can be found in the Air Force Times. If you would like to read the online edition click HERE. The momentum continues to build as more and more people hear about our social business and feel our passion to empower!
It is difficult to think of the right adjectives to describe our trip to Kenya. There were so many highs and lows, that to summarize it all in one day would not do it justice. As we continue to expand our business model to all parts of the globe, our vision and mission statement remain the same. That is to empower widowed women from around the world through economic opportunity. In Kisumu, Kenya we did just that. This trip we continued our use of micro loans, agribusiness and handicraft development as means to provide a better quality of life for the Kenyan people. On top of the severe poverty, lack of access to clean water and sanitation problems that plagued the communities that we encountered, many of the locals also suffered from HIV/Aids.