Afghan women flex economic muscle

Published on 31 March 2010

Makai is so engrossed at the clattering sewing machine that she barely notices as visitors enter her new workplace. The 35-year-old is one of 2,500 female members of the Agriculture and Handicrafts Association of Parwan Province, a unique organization that she and others say has helped pull their families out of poverty.(..)The association is still partly dependent on support from the chamber of commerce, the World Food Programme and the United States Provincial Reconstruction Team in Parwan.

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