The studios

Rahima examines the silver jewelry which was manufactured in the NAZO jewelry studio in Ahmad Shah Baba Meyna. Are they good enough for the sale? The finely crafted pieces of jewelry are weighted before a price is ascertained. 

How did the studios develop?

Most of the women aim at continuing to meet up even after the training program so that they don't end up exercising the achieved job expertise at home and in isolation. This could also help to improve their domestic circumstances through new social contacts.

During our job training experience of almost 15 years it turned out that analphabets usually need more time than 1 or 2 years to achieve full independency, which empowers them to trade their products themselves. Learning the trade is not a problem at all, but independent merchandising of the products requires a lot more time.

This is why the concept of the studios was developed: it gives the women the opportunity to continue working within the safe space of the NAZO center, that means: they can continue to leave their houses every day to work within the group and don‚Äôt have to return to their houses to work there isolated any longer. The groups have been sharing their knowledge for years and support each other - in short: the studios promote the progress of the women while strengthening their network.  

This page was updated: 08.04.2019

Studios in Ahmad Shah Baba Meyna / Kabul

Jewelry workshop

Leather workshop

Carpet workshop

Studios in the provinces Kabul and Kapiza

4 Tailoring studios

In Kabul, in the villages of Kamari, Ghazi Big Kheel and Arbab Kheel, 4 tailoring studios have been established over the years. In these 4 studios 33 women work and sell their products in the studio stores "Negina Saloon" and the newly opened store "Women Lumninous Sun" in the center of Kabul - and of course still at national and international fairs.

Carpet studio in Ghazi Big Kheel

In response to my question whether it is not better to buy semi-automatic looms, I received the following answer from Jawid, the managing director of NAZO Center, on April 06, 2019:

Dear Elke - ... Today I went to a carpet weaving shop that has several Indian machines. I looked at them all and consulted with some carpet weavers. We agreed to continue weaving by hand. Carpets woven by machines are not of good quality and are not acceptable to the people here. The Afghan carpet is popular and just valuable because of its handwork. So we decided not to buy machines for weaving carpets at the moment. With kind regards, Jawid