Many people might not know the links between popular high street retailer Monsoon and Afghanistan. Monsoon was founded in 1973 by Peter Simon who brought hand-crafted and folk-inspired fashion to London, after travelling the globe and setting up a stall on the Portobello Road. The original focus was always on clothes with an ethnic origin from faraway places, such as India and Afghanistan.
Together with the Monsoon Accessorize Trust, Christian Aid helped to rebuild the silk cultivation industry in Afghanistan. We are working with women’s groups in Herat providing them with silkworms and training on silk production. This enabled local women to earn an income and have a stronger voice in their communities.
We partnered with the Trust for over 5 years and the women artisans have come a long way. They organised into cooperatives and sold their silk products in a small shop in Herat airport. The women also found ways to sell their products outside Afghanistan.
Published on 23 June 2021
- Gender, power and inclusion
- Inclusive markets
- Private sector