Monday, March 19, 2012

Good Deed #35: Flying Scarfs

During my last six months here in Afghanistan I have contemplated the amount of "good" we have done here throughout our military mission. As pessimistic as I am about our efforts, I am hopeful that there are other means of providing security in this country beyond a military presence. From the beginning of my deployment my focus was on thinking about the latter and trying to figure out a way to help the people of this country beyond bombs and bullets.

One of my most proudest achievements to date, is the non-profit organization that I started with seven of my closest friends. The idea for this business is modeled after Muhhamad Yunus and his "Social Business," concept. The purpose of our business is to provide long lasting, sustainable economic development to various villages in Afghanistan by selling handmade artisan scarfs made by the women of Afghanistan on a global market. For all of the things that have gone wrong in this country, I can emphatically point to this project and say that here "we got it right."

If you'd like to learn more please visit FLYING SCARFS.COM