Peace Fleece distributes luxurious cashmere yarn made by talented women spinners from Sheghnan village, Afghanistan. The women are part of a spinning group supported by a development project funded by IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) and managed by AKF (The Aga Khan Foundation). You may remember back in 2013 Peace Fleece started selling mohair yarn spun by women spinners from Tajikistan. That project has been successful and the women now sell their Cashgora yarn (they switched from mohair) which we also have for sale here. Now the project is focusing on the Afghan women just over the border from Tajikistan. The project supports the women from this Afghan village in developing their own spinning business and in finding export markets for their yarn. 70% of your purchase will go directly back into the project to cover the following expenses, which in the interest of transparency we have listed below:
Fiber - from local Afghan cashmere farmers.
Yarn Production - Wages for spinners, washing, re-skeining and labeling.
Workshop Expenses - Coal/wood for heating, electricity, building maintainence.
Project Management and Communication - Phone, internet, accountant, translator.
Shipping - To Kabul, to the US and then to Maine.