ARZU means “hope.”
ARZU, which means “hope” in Dari, is an innovative model of social entrepreneurship. It helps Afghan women weavers and their families break the cycle of poverty by providing them steady income and access to education, healthcare, and sustainable community development.
ARZU weavers earn 68% more than the average Afghan.
“I used to think women could not make money. Now my wife makes more than I do.”– Mohammad Amir, husband of an ARZU weaver
The statistics speak for themselves:
- 55% of ARZU weavers own their own home.
- 70% own cellphones.
- 100% of are literate when 90% of rural Afghan women are not.
- 20% of ARZU families have at least one child in University.
“Before ARZU came, my daughters had no plan for their future. Now they talk about the future, they talk about their school and their life is colorful, not white and black.”– Sayed Nabi, husband of an ARZU weaver
The organization’s successes illustrate new potential for development programs that abandon conventional practices of foreign aid in favor of adopting entrepreneurial approaches to development.
Dover Rug Has Partnered with ARZU Rug Studio
On April 19th, we launched a new partnership with ARZU at our Natick store. The event was a great success.
Our keynote speaker, Connie Duckworth, founder and CEO of ARZU Rug Studio, shared the challenges that we face in making a difference in the lives of Afghan women and children.
ARZU Rugs Now in Our Collection
We’re proud to have added ARZU’s beautiful line of high-end artisan, handmade, fair-trade rugs to our collection. Here are some examples of their exquisite work.
Please visit our website to see the full collection. Or better yet, see them in person at our Natick, Boston, and Burlington stores.