Current Goal


Provide $10,000 in weaving supplies, training, and employment for eight women to provide and sell barak in Bamiyan and Kabul. 


We have monthly Skype calls with Zahra in which we discuss how things are going.  In recent calls she has told us her priorities for the next six months.

  1. Need to rent more space for women to work, for an area to receive visitors, and for a third loom. 

  2. Increase salaries of the women from $2/day - $3/day.

  3. Build a third loom.  There is growing interest among women in the area to learn to weave on the new loom. 


*If you prefer to send a check, please mail it to

Phil Smith, Treasurer, Friends of Afghanistan, 840 Janet Avenue, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601.  Please put GPIA on the memo line.  


Our Fundraising Goal:  In order to continue to support the weavers’ project in Bamiyan for six months while it is in the process of becoming a self-sustaining cooperative, we need to raise $10,000 by July 15.