While Flying Scarfs has roots in creating jobs for women in Afghanistan, we also partner with non-profits that focus on economic empowerment in other countries. By partnering with them, we help create more jobs and also bring a beautiful collection of seasonal, fair wage products to the Flying Scarfs community. Here you can read about those we empower.
The women who create these beautiful scarves are from villages scattered throughout Parwan Province, Afghanistan. Many are widowed by war or mutilated by IEDs and land mines and now raise their children as single parents. Despite all they have endured, these women remain optimistic about Afghanistan’s future. They want to see their country grow into a proud and prosperous nation that provides them with the jobs and education they and their children deserve. Their sanguinity is moving and provides us with the motivation to help the Afghan people achieve their goals.
Led by an amazing woman named Mahbooba, a social worker who creates and finds jobs for women, these Afghan women create beautiful hand-beaded scarves that are also sold in villages and bazaars throughout Afghanistan. At Flying Scarfs, our goal as a social/non-profit business is to bring these beautiful scarves to the rest of the world and provide a new global marketplace for the women of Afghanistan.
With your purchase, you do two things to help the Afghan women in our community.
1. You are helping a woman provide for her family; the sale of ten scarves is enough for a woman to comfortably provide for her family for a month.
2. You are keeping young children in school. When there isn't enough money to survive, children are sent onto the streets to hawk goods and cannot attend school. Families that participate in the Flying Scarfs community are able to send their children to school and purchase school supplies.
Because of the security situation in Afghanistan, we are careful with the identities of the women who create these beautiful scarves. This is done in effort to preserve their safety. Our hope is that someday all Afghans will be accepting of a woman who works and provides for her family.
In July of 2013, Flying Scarfs partnered with Maisha International and traveled to Kisumu, Kenya. In the rural areas of Kenya, countless citizens survive on less than $2 USD per day. Due to lack of jobs, work is excessively difficult to find. When in Kenya, Flying Scarfs had the opportunity to first-hand witness the impact of poverty on the Kenyan people.
We partner with Maisha to help Kenyans rise out of poverty by seasonally showcasing hand-crafted items like summer clutches and beautiful coil bracelets. Maisha provides a micro loan for start up and teaches basic business skills, such as investing a portion of profit back into the business to buy more cloth to make more clutches.
Among the many ways that Maisha gives back to the community, Maisha even ensures that each child that shows up to the Maisha community center will eat at least one meal that day.