- NAZO Deutschland e.V.
Annual report 2017- Kelim weaving in Ahmad Shah Baba Mena (Project No. 1203)
Annual report, 2017 : Carpets (weaving and knotting) - in Ahmad Shah Baba (Kabul).
Classes started a year ago and the first round of training has been completed. This lasted 10 months and 25 students have received their certificates.
Of these 25 graduates, the 5 best apprentices are allowed to continue learning in the 2nd round of training.
20 students were newly accepted for the 2nd training period. These 20 new women first learn on 5 simple looms and weave simple designs.
4 or 5 women learn on one loom each.
It usually takes 3 months for them to finish a carpet (kilim).
Our students are mainly illiterate women.
Because the war is much worse in the provinces where they live than in Kabul, they have fled their villages with their families and are trying to find a new home in the area around our training center - in Achmad Shah Baba Mena.
These students also gratefully accept our offer to learn to read and write in literacy classes. This course is given daily for 1 hour.
They also participate in the courses of legal advice and business lessons. These two courses take place 1x per week.
Carpet workshop in Achmad Shah Baba Mena - since 01 December 2017.
Since kilim weaving has a long tradition in Afghanistan, the students generally learn the basic skills very quickly. Thus, after the first round of training, the 5 best women have already come together to form a workshop. The workshop members are already working on the large loom you see in photos.
They have set out to weave a very large carpet with a new design. It will be 3.5 meters long and 2.5 meters wide. The fabric is made of yarn and wool (10 kg). For 1 kg of wool we had to pay 300 AFN.
The workshop women - the journeywomen, so to speak - also take part in the training courses offered. The business teacher creates new designs for them.
Best regards, Zamira (Head of Training at Achmad Shah Baba Mena)
Annual report 2017; Nejrab
Madina writes: "At the beginning of 2017, 15 trained women started working in the tailoring workshop at Nazo House. With the help of Mr. Mohammad Aalim, the sales trainer of the tailoring project in Nejrab, the ALS team supported the work of the women in the wekstatt. For example, Mr. Aalim procured orders such as sewing curtains for some store owners from the bazaar in the district.
But the women also had their own customers, women from the surrounding villages.
In addition to these 15 women, another woman who lives close to the NAZO center asked to participate in the training. She also wanted to become a tailor. One of our best tailors took care of her and taught her sewing and cutting, etc. She also participated in literacy, health and legal counseling classes.
Our second major work in 2017 was the opening of the second ALS studio for women who live in faraway villages in Nejrab area and cannot come to the main house because of transportation problems.
Both studios were christened "Negina Tailor". This was a good step for the team to establish a second studio (workshop) in the village of Arbab Kheel.
These certified tailors also appreciate the help of our association (ALS) very much.
In the first months both studios in Nejrab had good work. The women were satisfied with their earned money.
As you know, the people living in the villages of Afghanistan are mostly very poor, and they can rarely afford the wages of a tailor. Unfortunately, this also affects "our tailors". So that their income is still enough to live on, the studio members decided to start a business alongside their tailoring, as Wazima did successfully in Kamari.
In this store they now sell cosmetics and hygiene products that are difficult or impossible to get in the village. We hope that this decision was right and that the business will be successful.
Whenever the women continue their work without the training allowance that ALS can pay them during their training, they earn just enough to finance their modest living.
But they still cannot afford the rent of the house and the wages of the guards.
That is why we ask you to continue to provide this support.
I would like to point out that the rent for the workshop-shop in the village of Arbab Kheel is for Parwana, a woman who lost her husband and has to feed 4 girls and 2 small sons. She needs this money urgently - not least for the education of her children.
Thank you very much for your constant and helpful cooperation. We look forward to continuing our work together, which helps us all very much,
Madina, Head of Projects in Kapiza"
Annual report from Kamari 2017
"Responsible for this tailoring studio and store in Kamari village in Kabul province is me, Wazima.
We are currently 4 tailors who sew the clothes. I have another 12 apprentices that I teach every day. 10 of these students pay 200 AFN fees monthly and 2 of them are too poor - so I teach them for free.
I also repair the hand sewing machines of the women who live in this village.
Each member of our studio earns about 2-3 thousand AFN a month. (Between 25 € and 38 € - translator's note).
From the money you sent me in 2017 in appreciation of my work, I was able to buy a large electronic overlock machine. The money was also enough for some fabrics and other necessary cosmetics for the store.
Now we are even planning to open a beauty salon. We hope to increase our income with it.
People in the village say that I have become famous - because word has spread that I am a good dressmaker from whom the students can learn a lot. So now I have students even from distant villages.
Of my 3 dressmakers, two are still very young - the third is 20 years old. She was married to a man at the age of 18. Unfortunately, he became a drug addict and beat his wife very often. Thank God her father took her and her 18 month old daughter back home.
We are all very grateful to you.
You paved the way for us to learn a trade and earn money now.
Wazima from Kamari. 10.12.2017
Final report, tailors 30.12.2017
Translation of the final report of the three and a half year project "Training to become a tailor in Nejrab", Kapiza Province, Afghanistan. Written by the project leader Madina.
Tailoring profession is very meaningful for women in Afghanistan, especially for women who live in villages and are poor. They cannot pay the high wages for tailors and are therefore happy to be able to sew themselves.
For this reason, women here like to learn this profession in order to be able to sew clothes for themselves and for others - often family members.
The tailoring project carried out by ALS women from 2014 to the end of 2017 was a very successful project, because the women were eager to become tailors, and their husbands or fathers also encouraged them and helped them to learn this profession.
In the early days, we were in opposition to the government authorities in Nejrab and there was some distrust of us by the villagers. But when our first students came home after 6 months of training - when the 1st ALS tailoring course was finished - their families and other people became very happy and grateful towards us because they could now appreciate the transformation of one of their family members into an experienced seamstress.
We are proud to have trained and graduated within 3 years, 70 women and 30 other women* through a curriculum.
These trainings included becoming seamstresses, attending literacy classes, health care classes, legal counseling, and business counseling.
Former graduated students established 2 independent tailoring studios in 2 different areas in Nejrab district. They work together as a team and spend their time together to earn money.
Since I live in Kabul city, I had to travel to Nejrab several times during the project to check on the students and their work. Thus, I spent 3-5 days in Nejrab each time. I witnessed the very poor security situation in the villages and the many problems such as threats and robbery on our way to Nejrab and back to Kabul. When I was there recently, news came late one day that the authorities had sold the district to the Taliban. At that time, I could not go back to Kabul.
The war between the Taliban and the Afghan forces started at midnight. I couldn't sleep all night because when the Taliban defeat the Afghan forces, the first thing they always do is attack the NGOs that are supported by foreign countries.
Fortunately, the Afghan military has remained the owner of the surrounding towns to this day, so I was able to return to Kabul.
During the time when the tailoring project was carried out in Nejrab district in Kapisa province, we noticed that we gained the trust of the people living there! This is actually our greatest success! They promised us that they will help us to carry out any kind of project as long as the district is under the control of the Afghan government.
We hope to start a carpet weaving project in 2018 and we sincerely wish your cooperation.
Thank you very much for your help and support, sincerely Madina.
*Translator's note: These women participated in these courses voluntarily - without training assistance.
Annual report 2016 from Kamari
Translation of the annual report from Kamari, written by Jawid
Kamari is a village, about 45 minutes to drive from Kabul.
Here Mrs WAZIMA is active.
After her training in the NAZO house in Kamari she has
- 1. built up a tailoring workshop. There are currently 9 women working there from 9¬∞¬∞- 16¬∞¬∞ o'clock 5 days a week.
- 2. opened up the first shop "Negina Saloon" in the village of Kamari, where she sells "everything women need": for example fabrics, clothes produced by herself or sanitary products and beauty products and many other products.
- 3. because she is analphabet herself, it was very important for her to bring a literacy course to life in her village. When she heard that Mrs Baum from Germany will support her with 150 € per month, she immediately engaged a teacher. Her name is Khatera. She teaches 30 students 2 hours every day. For this she uses the NAZO house in Kamari, where also the tailoring workshop and the shop itself are housed.
- 4. Mrs Wazima will make an effort that each student can keep on learning at a regular school after a successful completion of the course in the NAZO house.
Support our Mrs WAZIMA, so that she can offer a literacy course in the following year, too. Take over the wage costs of the teacher: 100 € per month.
Annual report 2016, Nejrab
Translation Annual Report 2016, written by Madina from Nejrab
2016 was the year in which we carried out the 3rd and 4th period of the tailoring project. The new students were joined by ten talented students from periods 1 and 2. Together they are a solid and very good team.
As an innovation and to perfect the products, the female students learned to sew on the big electric machines. This was really a great experience for them.
With the help of Mr. Aalem - our sales training teacher - our students learned how to use the electric machines. In addition, he taught them to acquire customers: for example, from some stores in the bazaars of the far villages and some close to our center. Mr. Aalem helps the students and the studio women with all problems with the machines and with selling.
The leader of our 15 studio women is an intelligent 3rd period student. Her name is Najia and she was already the tailoring teacher's helper. Both of them would like to open a store in the marketplace of their village.
Currently, the monthly income of each studio women is between 500 - 1000 AFN ( 8 and 16 €) per month. With the store they want to increase their income. It would be nice if they had a basic capital to buy good fabrics in Kabul. They could make these into clothes and cloths and sell them.
Najia (head of the studio) and Jamila (tailoring teacher) would also like to use their experience to teach new students and acquire customers.
When I am in Kabul, Najia is also responsible for the office and related tasks ( e.g. registering students, writing reports, distributing daily tasks, noting expenses, making lunch decisions, etc. ). )
In 2017 they would like to continue the courses (literacy, legal, health and sales training).
They would also like to continue to have a teacher to teach them to sew clothes at a higher level.
Currently we are in the 4th period, it only runs until the end of 2016.
Again, there is an abundance of intelligent and interested female students. But they live very far from the ALS/NAZO center. Without the daily transportation by car to the center, which we are currently able to provide, they cannot get to the center.
Therefore these women would like to build up their own sewing studio in their village - and ask for support.
Conclusion in general: all students who have been trained in the 4 periods in the center ALS-Nejrab have used their time very well. One works better than the other. Those who could only go through the basic training for various reasons are now working from home and sewing for their own families.
Madina Noori, manager of the NAZO training center in Nejrab.
Annual report 2016, workshop jewelry and stone cutting
This is the translation of the annual report from Kabul, written by Jawid.
There are 9 girls and women working in the jewelry workshop and the stone cutter. The leader is called Gulzia and has years of experience.
The work starts for all of them at 8:30am and ends at 4:00pm. They work 5 days a week.
Some of the workshop girls also take part in the literacy and legal counseling courses that are offered as part of the new KELIM training.
Once a week a teacher comes to Ahmad Shah Baba Mena and teaches bookkeeping. This course is supported by the Feroz Kooh association.
Some of them also participate in conferences and meetings of the Ministry of Women's Affairs.
The jewelry women sell their products at national sales fairs, mostly in Kabul.
But their main customers are in Germany, Mrs. Debora and Mrs. Elke.
Together with the women of the leather workshop, they work happily in the NAZO house in Ahmad Shah Baba Mena.
Jawid, deputy director of the association A.L.S.
Annual report 2016, cattle for Nejrab
Translation of the annual report
From 2013 to 2016, we distributed 40 cows and 40 calves to poor rural women living in different villages of Nejrab district. As a result, life for this family has improved tremendously. Such a cow is a great asset.
The women take part of the milk to the dairy every day, and use another part for themselves and their families. The remaining part they sell themselves as yogurt at the bazaar.
In this way they earn their own money, from which they can buy their daily necessities and support their children.
The cows calve at least once a year and a new calf is born. This is also a great advantage for the owner. The calf grows up and can be sold for good money.
The female animals the families like to keep.
There are already families in the villages who have several cows.
The cow projects are a great opportunity for the families.
We at NAZO-Afghanistan (ALS) are very proud to have made so many rural women and their families happy.
Annual report 2015
Annual Report from Kabul 2015 by Jawid, 20.12.2015 (Translation, 02.01.2016)Warm greetings to all of you, to those who help us directly or indirectly.Here is the report of our 2015 activities in Afghanistan:
- Tailoring project in Nejrab
- Tailoring project in Nejrab
- At the end of 2014, the project was approved and we immediately started to implement it. We made minor structural changes, bought the machines, accessories, had chairs, tables, shelves etc. made for the classrooms, or kitchen and sanitary rooms.
- A great number of women and girls from the surrounding area came forward to learn tailoring in the NAZO training center NEJRAB. The first 25 students were accepted after an interview, the others we had to put off to the later trainings. ‚Ä®‚Ä®
- We could start punctually on 01.01.2015 with the training work and the further education courses - health and legal advice and literacy.
- The official opening took place on 03 April 2015; it was attended by the relatives of the students, the trainees, the employees and official representatives of the authorities.
- The project started well and is solidly implemented until today.
- The workshops were visited and some changes were discussed and carried out. ‚Ä® ‚Ä®
- More modern electrical machines were approved and purchased. ‚Ä®
- New construction teachers were hired. They come once a week and are paid by NAZO-Germany. Likewise NAZO-Germany pays the transportation, electricity, maintenance, water and garbage disposal costs. ‚Ä®‚Ä®
- The training allowance has been paid monthly in cash to the individual workshops since May 2015. The workshop women committed to manage the money independently, that is, to buy and prepare their own food. ‚Ä®
- Material money: Mrs. Jonigkeit and Mr. Ebrahimy had sold NAZO products in Germany - this income was given to the workshop women in cash, with the request to purchase new material from it.‚Ä®
- All workshop women are very eager to sell their products in Kabul and Germany.
- Our goal was: The workshops should work completely independently. We have achieved this goal. At the moment, four workshops are working on their own. They have enough orders and plenty to do. In addition, they even take on their own students, whom they train independently. They are their apprentices, so to speak.
- Tailoring workshop in Kamari
- We discussed with Mrs. J. and Mr. E. the wish of the women to move to another building on the main road. Reason: There is electricity and the modern machines can be better used. This was granted, and the move was made. We, the men of A.L.S., painted the walls, did some remodeling, put up the machines and furniture, and put up the big sign - Women's Tailoring Negina Saloon. ‚Ä®
- NAZO Germany still pays the rent and contributes to the food (70 cents per day/per woman).
- Since April 2015 Wasima is working there with her 15 workshop women and 5 students. They are very satisfied. Many customers come from the surrounding area, place their orders and/or buy the already sewn clothes, blankets, etc. ‚Ä®
- In this workshop 11 women are currently working completely independently under the guidance of Rahima. ‚Ä®‚Ä®
- They received a starting capital of 156.000 AFN (approx. 2.300,00 €) from NAZO-Deutschland e.V. for new material.
- In addition, they receive - just like the tailors in Kamari and the leather women in Achmad Shah Baba Mina - the money for food (70 cents per day) paid in cash. ‚Ä®
- The women of the jewelry workshop have opened their own account into which they directly deposit or transfer their earnings.
- This workshop is set up in the same way as the jewelry workshop. ‚Ä®
- Because all the women in this workshop are illiterate and still attending literacy classes, they have decided that Rahima should be their leader until one of them has sufficient knowledge in reading, writing and arithmetic. ‚Ä®‚Ä®
- There are also 11 women working here on their own. They currently have 6 apprentices.
- They also received a starting capital from NAZO-Deutschland e.V. 120.000 AFN (approx. 1.700,00 €).
- This workshop has existed for years and is run by Palwascha and Schamila. Here 7 seamstresses work under their own direction and are currently training 2 x 16 students. They have a good customer base and can sell their products well - just like the women in Kamari. ‚Ä® ‚Ä®
- All of the workshop women, the students, and women from the surrounding area take part in the continuing education courses. Especially the literacy courses are very popular. It is very unfortunate that UNESCO stopped the literacy program some years ago and now we always have to find and pay for a teacher.
- In Kart-e-nau: usually 20 children come to be cared for in our rooms. At noon the children get a hot meal, about 10 am in the morning there is some milk and cookies for each child. The children, whose parents are not completely poor, pay 300 AFS ( about 4 €) per month for the care. ‚Ä®
- We are trying to open a second group in Achmad Shah Baba Mina again next year (2016). At the moment the way there is too far and too dangerous for many parents. ‚Ä®NAZO Germany pays the salary of the kindergarden teacher and covers the cost of food.
- This project was approved in October and we immediately started. This time we immediately bought cows and their calves. We selected, together with the village leaders, the most needy women from the whole region. We decided to help the young widows with several children and give them a cow or a calf. This way the half-orphans can drink some of the milk and the mothers can sell the milk products (e.g. yogurt) and earn their living independently.
- ‚Ä®We have also already selected the women who will later have the calves. The calves stay with their mothers for another 6 months. In this time the mother cows get a special food, which we could already buy. ‚Ä®
- After 6 months the calves are handed over to their new owners.
- Responsible for the cow project is Madina, who already leads the project "Tailoring in Nejrab". ‚Ä®After the distribution of the cows we invited the village elders to a lunch. This was prepared by the local women and paid for by us.
- Parallel to all this work, we still had to take care of the taxes. Unfortunately, we did not know that we should have paid taxes for years. To solve this problem, we called several meetings of the association and had to realize that our previous manager, Marina, had not recognized these problems. Marina resigned from all offices - and unfortunately left us completely out in the cold. She went to Pakistan and did not contact us again until today.
- ‚Ä®‚Ä®We discussed these problems with our member Mina, who is a prosecutor. She agreed to take over the chairmanship of the association and to try to solve the problem so that we will be able to pay our taxes on time in the future. ‚Ä®I myself was assigned to take over the management on a provisional basis until we found a new manager.‚Ä®
- In order to manage the accounting work alone, we had to hire an experienced accountant, Zameer, with the permission of NAZO Germany.
- ‚Ä®Schaima, who was mainly responsible for the sponsorships and the kindergartens, has also left us. However, she has duly asked for her release - and will continue to work for NAZO-Afghanistan from time to time in the future when there is "need for a woman". ‚Ä®‚Ä®
- We are now looking for two suitable women to replace Schaima and Marina.
I hope you can do something with my report. Since Marina and Schaima have left us, I had no choice but to write the annual report myself. ‚Ä®We all thank you and send our best regards,Jawid, (deputy of the management) Addendum tailoring in Nejrab: The first round of training came to an end after 6 months (end of June 2015). The students got their certificates and went home happy with their sewing machine, some sewing accessories and a booklet "Basics of tailoring".The 6 best women stayed at the training center and set up a workshop. We bought electric machines for them. A businessman from Nejrab comes once a week to advise the young tailors on bookkeeping and other economic matters.At the end of December, the 2nd round of training will be completed. So far everything went well and smoothly - except for the difficult security situation in Nejrab - but that is another chapter. (Madina has written a report about this on 11.12. 2015).
Annual report 2014
Report from Nazo for the year 2014.
Dear NAZO members in Germany.
At the beginning of the year our 3 year training project was still running and experienced teachers were teaching. Although the women were still in training, they were already making very good products. In the leather department we had a very good teacher who trained the women to be good leather designers in a short time.
At the end of the training, we handed out the certificates to our students.
Some of those trained are now working in the Nazo Center workshop, others left us and are now working from home.
There are now 11 students working in the leather processing workshop. The workshop is managed by Marwa, the best former student. These women have gained a lot of experience and good knowledge about purchasing and quality of leather. The bags have a chic design and are displayed and sold in a store in Kabul City, some also in Mazar-e-Sharif.
In the field of jewelry, with the help of Rahima and Gulzia, different combinations of necklaces in silver and stones are created, but also the Turkmen necklaces continue to be made.
Unfortunately, since our center is difficult to reach, we do not have so many customers, mostly they are relatives of employees of the center.
In 2014, Mrs. Siller from Berlin ordered jewelry from us a few times. We had to send the goods to Germany via Pakistan. This is very inconvenient and expensive for us - but so far we have not found a way to send the goods directly from Afghanistan to you in Germany.
Since sales are not as good as in previous years, we have stored many finished products, such as bags, necklaces, embroidery and clothing. So this is also where our money is stored.
If we had a place to sell in the center of Kabul, we could sell a lot.
Nevertheless, the morale of the women is very high and everyone has hopes that things will be better in the near future.
In the other years (before 2014) we had exhibitions where we could sell a lot. In 2014, we did not have a single exhibition. There was the possibility - so called "craft exhibitions" - but the costs to be raised for that were too high for Nazo.
We are trying to open a store for Nazo in a good location.
But recently the security situation in Kabul has deteriorated a lot. We hope that the MPs will be elected quickly and that this will bring some peace.
The women of the tailoring workshop first tried to collect orders from different parts of the city and then process them in Achmad Shah Baba Mina. The time and travel costs were high - and so not enough was earned.
For the normal customers, the way to the center is too far, especially since there is also no transportation.
One of our students, Fauzia, says that she works at home and earns up to 10,000 AFN (about 150 €). The way to Nazo is too far for her and her clients would not come there either.
Zarin, a student, says, "I work with my sister and we can now pay the rent for the house and support our father in the household."
The work of Nazo Kabul with the help of Nazo Germany supports many families and thus paves the way for equal rights for men and women in society.
Although the tailors in Achmad Shah Baba Mina do not (yet) have a workshop, private workshops are being created in the households of our trained women, providing a secure source of income for these women and their families.
In Kart-e-nau, which is easier to reach, we have a tailoring workshop. It was built by Palwascha, a former student, and some other good students.
Throughout the training we have offered courses on health and legal advice, but also literacy courses, parallel to the vocational training. The courses on "Health", are divided into theoretical and practical parts. They were conducted by the organization "Operation Mercy". These courses have helped a lot of women. Not only Nazo women were taught, but also women from other parts of the city.
For the literacy courses we were able to recruit young high school graduates who had not passed the entrance examination to university. Najeela now also teaches a literacy course for one hour every day.
At the beginning of 2014, there were elections in Afghanistan. We had invited people from the election commission to all 3 NAZO centers to explain the importance of the elections to the women. Many of them went to vote afterwards, likewise the women from NAZO-Kamari.In the villages, especially in Kamari, the women are very interested in courses on animal husbandry and chicken farms, maybe even in a possibility to use the current center as a chicken farm.
Kamari is a very interesting village, neither large nor small. The inhabitants support their wives and daughters. That is why many girls from there have graduated from high school. But due to financial problems, they cannot afford the cost of university.
From our 1st tailoring round in Kamari, two high school graduates have managed to earn enough money with tailoring, which they learned with us, that they can afford the costs for the university. For this, these young women would like to express their special thanks to Nazo Germany.
Our vocational offers make it possible for young women to leave their homes and thus broaden their horizons. Especially in Achmad Shah Baba Mina it was very difficult for the women to get out of their homes - mainly Pashtuns live there.
Now they come to the NAZO center to work and fight so that their daughters can go to school. Some women support their daughters with their own income and have taken a more important place in the community. In this result we - the Nazo team - see a very positive development.
The Nazo Kabul team would like to thank Nazo Germany for their support. Nazo Germany has always helped us a lot in the implementation and financing of all our projects. So Nazo Germany can also feel confirmed in its successful work.
With kind regards Marina Niazi
Annual report 2013
Translation of the annual report of Marina 2013, (Executive Director in Afghanistan) Kabul, January 2014.
Warm greetings and thank you very much for your great support. As you know, our students have not had the chance to go to school. Besides the actual vocational trainings, we enable our students to attend literacy, health and legal courses.
December 2012 to March 2013, health courses were held in our houses (in Achmad Shah Baba Mina and in Kart-e-nau). 220 women participated in these. The classes were organized by us and conducted by the NGO "Operation Mercy". Twice a week 6 different female doctors came. They divided the women into groups and gave theoretical and practical lessons. At the end, all the women had to pass an exam. Those who passed it received a certificate of participation authorized by the Ministry of Health.
After that, our normal rhythm of continuing education courses began again: one hour per week each for family planning, hygiene around childbirth, general health care and good housekeeping.
At the beginning of March we started with the tailoring training in the village of Kamari. We selected 20 students and committed 8 people to work there. One tailor, one cook, and one cleaner, one guard and 4 women for the educational courses (literacy, sales training, doctor, lawyer.).
The owner of the house had remodeled and renovated the building to meet our needs. We were able to move into a well-maintained house. The monthly rent was the equivalent of about 100 €.
When we announced in the village that we wanted to train women as tailors, 70 women from Kamari and the surrounding villages came forward. We chose 20 women - and left the others very sad.
In the meantime, we had met with the village elders, the mulla and representatives of the government, as we always do, to explain and explain our project. All of them agreed and promised us their support.
Unfortunately, there are hostile, violent extended families living in this area. These two tribes are constantly fighting each other - and in this one year alone that we have been working here, 6 men have been killed. We were not threatened - thank God. We always bravely continued to work.
The opening took place on March 21, 2013. We had invited representatives of the Ministry of Women's Affairs, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Economy to the opening. However, none of them came to Kamari - but all of them promised us in writing their support.
On 20.03.2013, 20 women also completed their tailoring training at the NAZO headquarters in Kart-e-nau and received their certificates. On 01.04. 2013, 26 new students started their dressmaking training in Kart-e-nau. In Kart-e-nau, in addition to sewing and cutting, the students also learn embroidery with the machine.
At the NAZO center in Ahmad Shah Baba Mina, 25 women passed their exams in March 2013 after 18 months of instruction in leather crafts.
In Achmad Shah Baba Mina, we now also offer sewing short courses. They last only 3 months and are given by former students. They can earn money and gain new experiences.
Of the women who have been trained, 8 have joined together to form a workshop. They work in the NAZO rooms with the NAZO equipment and machines. For this they pay a monthly user fee of 5 €. They also pay 5 € per month for the communal meal. They currently earn about 30 - 50 € per month, of which 10 € have to be given to the NAZO center.
Regarding sales: In 2013, we were again able to participate in many national and international sales exhibitions, or fairs. Since our products are handmade and we only use genuine Afghan leather and genuine Afghan gemstones, such as Lapis Lazuli, we received "export support" from the Afghan Ministry of Economy.
So we could dare to accept the invitation in February to Dubai to the fair "World Village". There we sold our leather and jewelry products very well.
In 2012 we had given 8 cows to 8 poor women in Nejrab. Now in 2013 the cows had calved and we could give the calves to other needy widows. The effect of our cow project is also very positive in Nejrab. The women now have much less economic worries and their recognition within the village community has increased. They were able to sell their products, such as yogurt and milk, or had enough to eat themselves.
Fortunately, this work was supported again and we were able to buy eight cows also in 2013. These are partly pregnant or we bought them already with their calf. The following 4 months - until the calves are independent from their mother - the cows with their calves stand in the stable of the farmer and we (ALS) buy the feed and pay the farmer a small rent for the shelter.Nejrab is in Kapiza province and very difficult to reach. Every time we had to park our car at a certain point and walk the last distance. Not only that walking takes a long time, it is also quite dangerous. Often the car also broke down and could not cope with the mountainous very bad roads. That's why we decided to buy a stable car that could go through this mountainous and rocky area.But there was another reason to buy a more stable car: In winter we always have a lot of snow, or mud. Then we could not even get to Achmad Shah Baba Mina by car. In addition, our work has expanded a lot. Often we have a sales exhibition or fair and need a car for it. With the old car we can then do the other work, such as the daily shopping. For this we used to rent a cab. Now that is no longer necessary and saves money again.This year the quality of our Afghan design products has improved. A teacher from Mazar i - Sharif came for a week and introduced the women to the art of making beaded necklaces. He was enthusiastic about the ideas that our students brought in. We can also sell these necklaces well.We have also made good progress in the area of leather processing. At the beginning of the year, our students sewed 1000 school bags from plastic tarpaulins. For these school bags we bought writing tools, notebooks - general things that are needed for learning at school - and took them to the province of Kapiza. There we distributed the school bags together with their contents to the school children. At first we wanted to distribute the bags only to needy boys and girls - but then we had to realize that all children in this area are poor and in need of help.Our sports and travel bags, which our students sew, also sell well in Kabul. In addition, they also sewed some military backpacks.Our products have a good quality. That is why we wanted to send some of them to you in Germany. But we encountered several problems: It was not possible to send them by mail, because it is not allowed to export precious stones, silver or leather goods from Afghanistan. So we went to the export department in the Ministry of Commerce. There we were told that we had to apply for an export permit. Of course, that takes time. Moreover, we were not sure if this would lead to the goal, because at the moment everyone is saying something different. Nobody knows how things will go in 2014. So we went to Pakistan and sent the stuff to you from there.The treaty between the U.S. and Afghanistan, the new troop deployment agreement that our President Karzai still hasn't signed, plays a big role here. We can't do anything about this ourselves anyway - and just keep working - and believe that everything will eventually turn out for the better.Again to the women in Kamari. These women also want to continue to use their rooms and build a workshop in them. In addition, many women want to be trained as seamstresses. Others want to open a bakery, or learn the hairdressing trade. But of course we cannot make any promises. We can only ask you to continue to support us in our activities.We from Afghan Luminous Sun (ALS) thank you again very much for your tireless help and support. This falls on fertile ground: We were able to give many needy women and girls a perspective in life with our vocational offers and the agricultural projects.In many 100 cases we could and can observe how the self-confidence of the women and girls has stabilized. Today, they are able to take their financial problems into their own hands and thus have a much better reputation, not only within their families, but also in their neighborhood or village community.Also the very poor often also sick women, who cannot learn any more and therefore are supported by a godmother, a godfather, from Germany, thank you very much for this help. With kind regards, Marina and all NAZO women