CARPET WEAVING SKILL PAYS OFF FOR AN IDP FAMILY WHILE IN QUARANTINE
Hussain is a returned IDP in Bamyan Province. He and his family left their village and moved to Kabul due to drought in 2013. According to DTM’s Baseline Mobility Assessment, they were among 112,383 fled IDPs displaced from Bamyan due to natural disasters between 2012-2021. “I was a daily-wages worker. I could only find work 3-4 days a week for 300 Afghanis (USD 4) per day, which was not enough to meet our needs.” Life was tough. To contribute to the household income, Hussain’s wife and daughter started weaving carpets at home. They were earning 3000 Afghanis (USD 38) per each square meter woven carpet, which was enough to earn a decent life. Unfortunately, this did not last long; Hussain’s wife and daughter had to shut their business in Kabul because of the COVID-19 lockdown. The family had no income source in Kabul and returned to their village in Bamyan. They are now among 69,114 returned IDPs in Bamyan based on DTM’s assessments. Thanks to his wife and daughter’s weaving skills, they can earn a living even during the quarantine in Bamyan by weaving kilim at home.