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Tailoring Tradition In Afghanistan

Tailoring Tradition to Create Opportunities
From FINCA

afg.-nafisaCultivating a sense of community isn’t always easy, especially when you can’t freely move around your neighborhood without a man accompanying you, or when you’re faced with the possibility that explosions can happen anywhere, any time. But that doesn’t keep FINCA Afghanistan client Nafisa from sharing her tailoring expertise with 20 students, eager to learn her secrets for success, and building a thriving business, both at home and abroad, that’s opening new doors for her daughter.

Nafisa is 50 years old and has decades of experience designing and sewing traditional Afghani dresses. Her expertise and attention to detail are well known in Mandavi, where she lives with her husband, daughter and two sons. But her tailoring skills are known beyond the confines of her community, as she sells her creations to five shops in Kabul, as well as filling orders that come in from Canada and the US.

Today, Nafisa’s 20 students not only learn from her, they help her produce the orders that continue to increase her business. And while she takes great pride in their accomplishments, her greatest sense of pride comes from the fact that her 22-year-old daughter is in college, studying to be a nurse, opening up a whole new career path that wouldn’t be possible without the support she’s received through FINCA loans.

“Without FINCA’s loans,” Nafisa says, “my family, and especially my daughter, would not have the kind of life we have today. I am so grateful that we’re looking at a brighter future.”

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Styling in Rwanda

The first thing that caught our eye, when we went to work at an orphanage in Rwanda, were the beautiful women of this small East African nation, who wear their traditional Kanga’s (wrap around dresses) and headpieces with poise, style and grace.

Photo: Alphonsine Bankundiye. Mother of four.

In a country known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda is becoming increasingly known for its environmental policies, gender equality, stable government and breathtaking beauty, but no beauty surpasses that of the unique, one of a kind, outfits worn by mothers, models, children and grandmothers. Kanga’s are not only colorful works of art, they can also be used, like quilts, to make a statement, tell a story or portray someone’s history. MORE

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