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    Ghor women receiving vocational training

    CHAGHCHARAN (PAN): As many as 1,000 women in western Ghor province are receiving training in carpet weaving and thread making under a UNDP-funded project, an official said on Tuesday.

    Launched in Dulina, Tura and Saghar districts on Tuesday, the training is aimed at promoting economic development of women. The $278,000 course would be completed in five months, Governor Sayed Iqbal Munib said.

    Designed by the Ministry of Public Works and Social Affairs, the scheme would be implemented by the Ministry of Counternarcotics, the governor told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    On completing the training, participants would be provided wool, carpet and thread machines free of cost, he said, adding the trainees would be paid for what they produced.

    The participants, 500 of whom would learn carpet weaving and the rest thread making, are being trained by 34 professionals, said the counternarcotics director, Muhammad Yousaf Wakili.

    At the end of the course, trainees would receive machines, he promised. One kilogram of thread would be purchased from them for 30 afghanis and one metre of carpet for 1,600 afghanis, the director explained.

    Khanam Gul, an old woman who participated in a similar programme in the past, said she was currently earning about 4,000 afghanis a month -- a reliable source of income for the lady to feed her children.

    She asked the government to extend such programmes to all districts of the province to enable destitute women to have a constant source of income.

    Masooma Anwari, women's affairs director, said that about 50 percent of Ghor women were jobless. Three years, back a similar programme was conducted in seven districts of the province.

    A considerable number of women learnt carpet weaving and thread making as a result of the training, officials said.