Women Reviving Afghanistan's Ancient Silk Industry

Women in Afghanistan's Balkh, Faryab, Samangan and Jawzjan provinces are running silk production companies that are part of an ongoing process of reviving the country's long history of silk production. The Afghan silk industry currently employs some 3,000 women directly in every phase of production from raising the silkworms to the manufacturing of scarves, clothes, carpets and other products. Ms. Rabia Muradi who is the Head of the industry first started her own business through raising 2000 silkworms, which now number in the tens of thousands, and she now employs 30 other women. Local governments are supporting such enterprises and the country is aiming to develop into a regional leader in the silk industry in the coming years.