Afghan Action makes gorgeous, affordable traditional carpets in Afghanistan. In this nation devastated by war and oppression of a kind that I can’t imagine, they create something beautiful that celebrates the traditional culture at the heart of the country.
A joint effort between the UK and Afghanistan, they are a training school as well as an employer with a factory. They offer above-average wages, numeracy and literacy education, medical care, and even midday meals. As mundane as it may sound, jobs are often the most significant way to rebuild independence, confidence, family life, and freedom.
For an over-stretched Guardian-reading first-time-buyer like me, they offer every possible positive: a way to positively affect Afghanistan while furnishing my yuppie pad with stunning, authentic goodies!
Check out their online store where you can select carpets by price or size, and decide whether you are a dancing frog or a rolling thunder person. Prices are fantastic, ranging from £150 to £350. (They also offer a range of charity gifts in the Oxfam goat style, starting at £3.)
Not only do I feel that I can contribute something rather than sit impotently crying to Radio 4 every morning, I can also avoid my dreaded big art photo of beach rocks from Ikea home décor scenario.
It’s deep, it’s shallow, it absolute perfection!