Women Empowerment


During years of civil war and conflict thousands of people in Afghanistan have lost their Social and economical life, as well as education foundation have been utterly disrupted.

The youth and children in particular, have been the innocent victims of these conflicts, which have consequently deprived them of their fundamental rights. With the recent upswing of reconstruction effort on all fronts, the field of education has also been given more attention by aid organization. Realizing the importance of education in the long term reconstruction of the country, GRSP considered conducting a number of programs related to education during 2008-2009.

Illiteracy is the underlying cause for many problems that rural people face in communities in Meramor district. It not only causes problems, but is also the big barrier for women to access many opportunities and resources. As initial discussion with community and local authority we agreed to arrange the course in following villages Kalanqol, Astalan, Charshanba Siaqol, Hesar,Warsel, Sangan, Lai, Bakirak, Tagab, KakRak, Sia Darah, Wana.


The Civic Education program started on 01st May 2009 and completed on 31st December 2009. The aim of the project was to provide people, in the mentioned villages, with the information on the government and their duties and services for the people, the elections and election procedures. The program was conducted by two active and talented educators in three districts of Meramor, Sahristan, and Nelly of Daikundi province. The civic educators did their job efficiently and patiently, which was well received and appreciated by the people in these districts. The total beneficiaries of this program were 10,000 households, the people were very happy with the program that they suggested that it should be expanded.




Afghanistan’s thriving carpets and textile trade is a legacy of the country’s rich commercial history and diverse culture. World-renowned for their intricate designs; Afghan carpet reflect the heritage of cottage-based craftsmanship passed through generation for families. Afghanistan produces several types of handmade carpets. The manufacture of carpets is largely accomplished by a huge network of weavers working on individual carpets throughout Afghanistan’s, countryside. According to the Afghanistan Carpet Exporters Guild (ACEG), “over one million Afghan works in the production of carpets”. Source; US Dept. of commerce)

Bmayan province currently produces about 200,000 m² of unfinished hand-woven carpets (that are then transported to Pakistan for finishing and value addition processes,) making Bamyan one of the hubs of carpets weaving in Afghanistan. Under the Carpet Value Chain Support Project which is implemented jointly by MRRD’s NABDP and AREDP programs through -GRSP), the carpet sector in Bamyan province will benefit from the demonstration effect of a modal enterprise that supports the entire value chain from raw materials to showroom. Enterprise,

Under this project technical support (infrastructure improvement, machinery and equipment provision, and technical training) provided to a local enterprise partner that owns and operates the carpet business.

The end result of the project is carpet enterprise that demonstrates and integrated value chain approach complete from provision of raw wool, natural dying methods, carpet weaving, carpet cutting, washing and finishing, and eventually marking inside the province through establishing of a showroom and elsewhere through innovative marketing and outreach.