This Saffron was grown, harvested and processed in Herat, Afghanistan with our social enterprise partner Ariana Saffron.
80% of the artisans were Returnees.
A total of 50 farmers and processors worked on this order, producing 600 tins of saffron.
54% of farmers saved from their income and used it to pay school fees and other needs.
83% Worker satisfaction was recorded
- This order was produced through the Covid-19 Pandemic which led to the following steps to keep the participants safe:
- Facemasks were mandatory at the processing facility.
- Hand sanitizer and additional hand washing facilities were provided for all involved in the order.
This impact assessment was completed remotely for all farmers and processors involved, to limit movements.
“My father was the biggest suppliers for Ariana saffron since 2011, after his death I took up the responsibility of family and our saffron farm. We collected & cleaned the saffron stigma in our home and sent it to Arina Saffron for processing. Have been in saffron business for 11 years in Pashto Zarghun district. I learnt tmany farming techniques from my father; he was the first person in our district to cultivated saffron bulb. I used my experience and skills to supply the Wunder workshop with the best of saffron”
Joma Gul, 35 years old
“Ariana Saffron has been a big part of my life for many years: my father started the business when I was just 10 and he’s encouraged me to be actively involved from quite an early age, combining practical experience with studying. As an Afghan woman, I feel privileged that I can contribute to the family business just as well as a man. I receive a fair pay for my work and I can help out the family with living expenses and school fees. I am saving some too, for the day I can set up my own business!”
Shahira Rashidi, 19 years old
“I come from a farming family. As a young man, l went to Iran to escape drought and instability at home. It was good, but I missed my kids. Ten years with Ariana Saffron have given me new skills and a reliable income to support my family and grow my business. Life is easier in Afghanistan now. Saffron is a great opportunity.”
Ghulam Haidar, 40, years old
“I studied Information Technology at university and I love my job at Ariana Saffron, especially meeting new people and learning how the business works. Where do I see myself in ten years? Maybe back in my home village in the countryside with my wife and son, on my own land, growing pistachios and helping my community.”
Ahmad Shoaib, 32 years old