In 2012 and 2013, as many as 410 women from Darwaz, Afghanistan, learned various house-keeping and business skills from women in neighbouring Darvoz, Tajikistan. The programme is supported by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and has financial backing from international institutions.
Tajik women teach veiled Afghan women how to bake traditional bread in a tandoor oven in Darvoz, Tajikistan.
[Central Asia Online/Nadin Bahrom] DARVOZ DISTRICT, Tajikistan – Separated by the Panj River and the vagaries of history, women from the Tajik and Afghan halves of the historic Darvaz region are coming together through the learning and teaching of valuable skills.
Until the 19th century Darvaz was an independent principality, but today the region is divided between Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, and the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO), Tajikistan. More than 30,000 people live in Darwaz District, Afghanistan, while more than 20,000 inhabit Darvoz District on the Tajik side of the border.
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