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Women Entrepreneurs: Right Under the Noses of the Taliban

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Your initial image of Afghanistan is probably war, Taliban, bombings, insurgency, and corruption. And you'd think of girls and women as victims. Think again. Think innovative, successful women entrepreneurs. Indeed. In her numerous visits to Afghanistan and other conflict and post-conflict regions in the world, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discovered another reality as well: that it is commonplace for teenage girls and women to build successful businesses in order to support and feed their families while the men are fighting.

Elegant Roots and Turquoise Mountain

A Social Biz Teams with a Not-For-Profit
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ElegantRoots, a social business committed to opening the American market to artisan goods -- supporting traditional arts to preserve traditional lifestyles -- teams up with the not-for-profit Turquoise Mountain, which is creating artist coops in Kabul in order to revive the traditonal arts of Afghanistan, revive a sense of national identity, and create economic and educational opportunities.

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ElegantRoots, a social business committed to opening the American market to artisan goods -- supporting traditional arts to preserve traditional lifestyles -- teams up with the not-for-profit Turquoise Mountain, which is creating artist coops in Kabul in order to revive the traditonal arts of Afghanistan, revive a sense of national identity, and create economic and educational opportunities.

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