GoodWeave International

Project Title: Weaving Educational Opportunities for Afghan Girls

Location: Afghanistan

Additional Information

This was a 2014 Reserve Program.

Grant Amount: $45,000

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Areas of Impact: Economic Sustainability, Education & Literacy

Mission of GoodWeave International
GoodWeave aims to stop child labor in the carpet industry and to replicate its market-based approach in other sectors.

Weaving Educational Opportunities aims to sponsor schooling for 450 isolated and illiterate Afghan girls – among the most vulnerable in the world – while bolstering economic opportunities for their weaving mothers. Dining for Women grant funds would be specifically dedicated to support girls’ attendance at an early childhood education center in Shahrak-e-Qalinbafan, a small community of internally displaced refugees known as “the Burgh of the Weavers.”

Why We Love This
This program works on several levels. By supporting the weavers who are mothers with preschool children, we support the women’s economic activity. By funding the preschool program, the children get a head start on their education. Girls who are identified as working the weaving industry are channeled into schools and the follow up aspects ensure that the girls continue their education.

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How DFW’s grant will be used

goodweave logoDFW’s grant will directly reach 450 girls.

  • A portion of the salaries for Inspectors conducting the home based inspections to identify girls working on the looms at home.
  • A portion of the salary for the Social Worker  who will work with families to assist in the development of an education plan for the girls and connecting them to counseling or education services as needed.
  • Program services and supplies for Preschool Education Program for 50 children whose mothers are employed in the weaving industry


Kailash SatyarthiGoodWeave was founded by Kailash Satyarthi, the 2014 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace. Satyarthi was an engineering student when he began to fight against child trafficking. Realizing that a root cause of the crisis was consumer-based, he set out to establish a certification process to raise awareness of forced child labor and to incentivize manufacturers. Through this effort, GoodWeave was born in the mid-1990s. Read more about Satyarthi and the beginnings of GoodWeave.