On Wednesday 13th May, we enjoyed a fascinating panel discussion with James Wilthew (The Afghan Rug Shop, Director/Owner), Edmund Le Brun (ISHKAR, Co-Founder), and Flore de Taisne (ISHKAR, Co-Founder).

"We feel that Afghanistan is often misrepresented or poorly understood. Most of our time there was spent enjoying the amazing scenery, and getting to know the rich culture and history. We wanted to launch a business that would bring that story to the world." 

Flore De Taisne, ISHKAR.

We took a deep dive into their experiences conducting ethical business with local artisans in Afghanistan, exploring:

  • The transparent systems they have in place to ensure the fair pay, fair treatment, and acceptable working conditions for their artisans in Afghanistan;
  • The journey their products take, from artisan to buyer;
  • The importance of preserving and platforming traditional Afghan practices and craftsmanship;
  • And how they're adapting under the Coronavirus pandemic, examining the potential long-term changes it may make to their businesses and the artisans they source from.

Thank you to everyone who tuned in and sent in questions for our panellists, we hope you were left feeling as inspired as us.

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The situation in Afghanistan

People living in Afghanistan are familiar with coping under challenging, extreme conditions. Nonetheless, right now they desperately need your support to get through the COVID-19 crisis. The virus poses a pervasive threat to a country already struggling, and places even more pressure on infrastructure that has already been weakened by enduring conflict and increasingly frequent natural disasters. We're posting regular updates on the pandemic in Afghanistan to keep you informed as we undergo vital work to target the most vulnerable.

This live panel is a free event, but if you'd like to make a voluntary contribution to help ensure we can continue reach vulnerable communities fighting the spread of COVID-19, you can contribute to our virtual 'tip jar' - every penny will go towards serving remote communities in Afghanistan who need our help the most.

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