GoodWeave’s mission is to end child labor in the rug industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in weaving communities. The GoodWeave label is the best assurance that no child was exploited to make a carpet or rug. Building on nearly 20 years of experience in India and Nepal, GoodWeave expanded to Afghanistan, opening an office in Kabul in 2011.
The carpet industry is the largest legal economic sector in Afghanistan and the number one employer of the working poor. Afghanistan has widely reported high rates of child servitude and has been listed by the U.S. State Department as a Tier 2 Watch List country, known as a “source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.” If child labor remains the norm in a country’s principle industry, there is little chance to break the cycle of extreme poverty. GoodWeave is committed to ensuring that Afghanistan’s carpet industry becomes a means for advancement rather than exploitation for the millions of people that it employs.
GoodWeave is registered in Afghanistan as a non-governmental organization with the Ministry of the Economy and is a permanent member of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Carpet Sector Working Group.
GoodWeave is grateful for the support it currently receives for its work in Afghanistan from The Estelle Friedman Gervis Family Foundation, The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, the United States Department of State and the United States Department of Labor.
Afghanistan Rugs and Carpets Center
Ariana Ahmadi Ltd.
Pashtoon Atif, Country Director
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