KABUL CARPET EXPORT CENTER

There have been many meaningful efforts to assist the afghan rug weaving community; that is Afghan men who design and sell the rugs and the women who weave them. But, none have addressed the critical factors that have held the trade back from achieving its proper place in the world of handmade carpets and rugs.

Simply stated these are: capital to buy wool, proper packaging and expedited export processing and a more direct connection to the global carpet sales industry, In its concept paper and its application, Impact Carpet Associates (ICA) puts forth a plan to overcome these obstacles. Looked at in its entirety, the Kabul Carpet Export Center, (KCEC) will place rug making and distribution directly into the hands of the Afghan carpet trade participants themselves, thereby creating a true "Made in Afghanistan" product, and, of course, jobs.

Through the establishment of the KCEC, ICA plans to use the following model to create success in creating a sustainable, International Afghan Carpet Industry:

Inputs

ICA networks, ICA consortium, ICA carpet expertise, USAID financing.

Activities

Attending carpet trade conferences; export promotion programs; targeted branding/marketing strategies; funding of carpet markers; and, work with other USAID implementing partners inside and outside of Afghanistan.

Outputs

Participation of carpet makers in KCEC; internally displaced persons (IDP)and returnee employment – focusing on women; and, increased carpet exports.

Outcomes

Improved carpet market business skills; higher annual turnover; greater access to finance; and, improved export networks.

Impacts (Job Creation)

Increased employment for IDP, returnees, vulnerable people; and, increased female workforce participation and business ownership.