This Saffron was grown, harvested and processed in Herat, Afghanistan with our social enterprise partner Talay Sorkh.
67% of the benificeries were Returnees.
A total of 15 farmers and processors worked on this order, producing 1kg Saffron.
40% of workers saved from their income and used it to pay school fees and other needs.
100% Women Workers
- This order was produced through the Covid-19 Pandemic which led to the following steps to keep the participants safe:
- Face masks were mandatory at the processing facility.
- Hand sanitizer and additional handwashing facilities were provided for all involved in the order.
- All beneficiaries received a one-day on-the-job training on sorting and processing.
“I moved to Iran as a young girl following my family. We returned to Afghanistan in 2017. I am lucky to have found work with Talay Sorkh, mainly processing saffron. I receive a decent income and save most of it which I plan to use to further my education to University level.”
Fareshta Timori, 19 years old
“I have been working at Talay Sorkh for the past one year in processing, sorting and packaging. What I love most about my work is the fact that I have the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques in addition to the decent income I receive. I use my income to supplement my family’s needs including supporting the education of my siblings.’’
Pakiza Pakzad,18 years old
“I’m a mother of seven children and the main breadwinner of my family. I moved to Iran in 1980 and returned in 2010. My work is mainly processing and sorting saffron at Talay Sorkh. I use my income to meet family needs such as food and school fees for my children.’’
Halima Amini, 51, years old
“I enjoy working in saffron processing and sorting. I moved with my family to Pakistan in 1999 due to insecurity and drought. While in Pakistan, I was involved in child labour in carpet weaving, a situation that denied me the opportunity to continue my education. My family came back to Afghanistan in 2001. I am saving a part of my income now to further my education in future.’’
Sharifa Sultani, 23 years old