270 Jawzjan women trained on carpet weaving
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): On the completion of a carpet-weaving training, a disabled woman with a blind husband on Monday hoped the skills they had learnt would help resolve their economic problems.
Up to 270 women were trained on carpet weaving for six months by the Department of Works, Social Affairs, Martyrs and the Disabled.
Anis Gul, 50, a poor woman from Shiberghan, the provincial capital, said that they could fulfill their daily needs from baking breads and tailoring job.
The physically challenged woman said she weaved carpets from 7am to 1pm, which would help resolve her economic problems. She plans teaching his daughter the skill to boost their incomes.
Each trainee, belonging to poor, displaced and repatriated families, was also given 2,300 afghanis in monthly allowance during the six month training.
They were also given carpet-weaving equipment, said the manager of the training programme, Mohammad Yaqub. “Most of the women keenly participated in the training course.”
After the completion of the course, the participants could forge links with the market to support them economically, the manager added.
Another participant, Khadija, 55, from Deeda-i-Mush village on the outskirts of Shiberghan, said she paid transport fares to attend the training session in the hope to learn the skills to improve her economy.
“Previously, I had no money to pay for the stationery of my children. But after the training course, I would be able to fund the education of my children,” the women said.
Demand for the carpet weaving had declined in the province, one dealer Tokhta said, recalling she would weave one square metre of carpet for 4,000 afghanis before. But now the wage has fallen to 1,500afs.
He said the carpet market was badly affected in the province. If the market trend remained unchanged, the culture of carpet weaving would vanish, he warned.
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