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White Paper: ARZU’s Entrepreneurial Approach to Development

 1 ARZU’S ENTREPRENEURIAL APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT SEPTEMBER 2015  ARZU’S Entrepreneurial Approach to Development  Authors  Colin Leonard, BA, MIB  Ryan Berg, BA, MSc, MPhil, PhD (Oxon.)  September 2015 2 ARZU’S ENTREPRENEURIAL APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENT SEPTEMBER 2015 Table of Contents  Executive Summary ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3  Methodology ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 5  Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 6  The Outmoded Model of Foreign Aid: An Afghan Snapshot ……………………………………. 8  Afghanistan’s …

A Different Afghan Girl: Behind the Lens

Sharbat Gula’s haunting eyes have pierced the souls of people around the world for three decades since her face graced the cover of National Geographic in June 1985. The renowned photo of a young Afghan woman in a refugee camp in Pakistan was captured by acclaimed photographer Steve McCurry and is commonly known as the Afghan Girl photo. Decades later, …

Without School, There Is No Summer Break

June in the U.S. signals the end of the school year and the beginning of summer vacation. Millions of students dread year end exams and papers with their summer plans for camp, travel and play just on the other side of hours of studying.  Some of us love going to school, some of us do not, but the reality is …

Afghan Maternal Mortality Rate: Math That Doesn’t Add Up

Mothers take care of us. They protect and provide for us. They sacrifice so much for us, and no matter how old we are, we all need our moms. Yet many children in the developing world lose their mothers to maternal mortality, and in Afghanistan, a woman is five times more likely to die in childbirth than in other developing countries. (1) …

Breaking the Status Quo: Female Leaders of Afghanistan

In the past few decades, women in Afghanistan have been subject to unthinkable oppression and surmounted challenges that most of us in the West cannot possibly comprehend. Woven within the stories of are the inspiring tales of women who are breaking barriers and standing out as role models. Here are a few. 1.    Rula Ghani, First Lady of Afghanistan Time …

Before the War

Before I started working for ARZU, I myself knew little about Afghanistan beyond what I read in the media and what friends in the service told me of their time there. For the past decade, the entirety of my adult life, I’ve only known Afghanistan to be a place of war and repression. Since beginning my job with ARZU, I …

The Ripple Effect

For the past decade, ARZU has worked at the grassroots level to empower Afghan women. Our outcomes testify to the power of this model.  ARZU women earn 68% more than the average Afghan, 100% are literate, and women speak of a greater sense of confidence and independence.  But, this is only one part of the story. This fall, ARZU did …

ARZU Studio Hope Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

ARZU Studio Hope was founded with a seemly simple mission—support Afghan women. In 2004, Afghanistan was faced with a number of changes and challenges. With war ever present, many women and children were left to fend for themselves. With few opportunities for women to excel and support themselves, ARZU Studio Hope strived to create hope, or arzu in Dari. Ten …

Find a Deal at the ARZU Annual Summer Sale

Our annual summer sale has just begun. We’re excited to offer up to 20% off all our in-stock rugs (excluding the Masters Collection). If you’ve ever thought about purchasing your first rug from ARZU, or you’ve had your eye on a particular design for months, now is the time to get a beautiful rug at a price you can only …