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Introducing myself and my journal: Rubia

About Me:
Rubia’s mission is to develop economic opportunities through craft heritage, to support education and to promote health and well being for Afghan women and their families.

Rubia, Inc. is a New Hampshire, USA non-profit organization working with Rubia in Afghanistan to serve women in rural Afghanistan, through education, skills training and the promotion of their hand-embroidered textiles.

Embroidery is the heart and soul of traditional Afghan textiles.

Traditionally, embroidery has been women’s handwork, done at home, between domestic chores, to enhance their surroundings. Rubia integrates these traditional elements with the new benefit of earning an income while maintaining fragile elements of their textile heritage: plant dyes, natural fibers, and designs drawn from ancient Afghan tribal patterns.

Sew Don’t Grow

Alternative livelihoods are the key to Afghanistan’s social and economic recovery. Subsistence farmers who had supported their families with poppy cultivation are now seeking other means of economic empowerment. Poppy flowers and other designs embroidered by women in the valley of Darrai Noor provide a legitimate source of income, a new tradition in textiles.

Rubia’s commitment:

* Building a sustainable business in a fragile environment
* Empowering women while respecting a traditional lifestyle
* Reviving and preserving traditional crafts
* Using natural plant dyes and alternative energy sources

Rubia’s model:

* Working in the Afghan family context with little overhead costs
* Supporting community members running their own business
* Building skills at all levels through locally run workshops and training
* Nurturing creative global partnerships through mentoring and environmental awareness

Rubia makes a difference:

* More than 300 women trained in fine embroidery skills
* 20 home-based literacy education courses
* 2 elementary schools and one high school supplemented with school supplies and teaching aids
* Proceeds from handwork sales and donations are used to support all aspects of Rubia’s work.

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Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

jadefrank's picture

Welcome

Welcome to PulseWire!

We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

I am so interested to hear more about Rubia and the amazing working that you're doing in Afghanistan to empower women, like some of the success stories and personal achievements of the women that you've worked with. I looked at the website, and the handiwork is so beautiful! What an incredible program you're running in a country where women's empowerment is so vital and urgent.

I encourage you to use your journal as a place to share Rubia's work with the PulseWire community. Think of your journal as a blog, where you can speak your mind and reach an audience of nearly 3000 women and supporters of women's initiatives.

You can also utilize Resource ExChange, our community bulletin board, to post opportunities or announcements for your organization.

I think that you will find PulseWire to be an exciting place to garner support, make connections and share your story. This is a safe space for women to share, connect, learn, support and grow in the empowerment process together.

WELCOME!

Warm regards,
Jade

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