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Featured photo: A growing wool industry in Afghanistan

A livestock herder tends his flock

A livestock herder tends his flock in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan. With the help of OPIC financing, Maryland-based American Wool & Cashmere has developed a regional infrastructure of centralized suppliers in western Afghanistan’s Herat Province who buy raw, unprocessed wool directly from herders like this. This infrastructure and new liquidity into this market for producers has helped the Afghan herders overcome the difficulties of a seasonal industry that had left them without payment for months at a time. Today Herat’s flourishing cashmere industry employs more than 1,500 women and older men who would otherwise have difficulty finding work. Read more


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