AFGHANISTAN:

Silk Weavers, Bakers in Herat Visited by Ambassador Karl Eikenberry

February 23, 2011

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On January 19th ASGP’s Herat Regional Office hosted American Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, Ching Eikenberry, Brad Hanson, Earl Gast, Jim Wright and other senior Embassy personnel. The VIPs visited a silk production enterprise and a bakery that have received ASGP grant support. ASGP received extremely positive feedback from the Ambassador and the delegates about each grantee and the work being carried out by ASGP in Herat province. During the visit, the delegates agreed to assist the CSOs to find expanded markets for their products, connect the silk weavers association with tailors based in Kabul to appeal to a wider audience, and connect the bakery with Kabul-based specialists in baking techniques and alternate flour types. The Governor of Herat and Directorate of Women’s Affairs’ Deputy Director also attended each visit with the delegation and noted that ASGP is a unique initiative in Herat province that is making a significant impact on women and women’s rights throughout Afghanistan’s western region.

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