In Puli Khumri in Baghlan province, USAID recently held a training program to teach 120 local women to weave gabion baskets. Gabion baskets are made of wire mesh filled with stone and used to build flood protection walls or retaining walls along the banks of rivers. Preventing flooding and erosion, the gabion baskets and the walls they construct are important structures that protect Afghanistan’s agricultural land.
The participants will be able to earn an income using their newly acquired skills to weave gabion baskets for upcoming USAID-funded gabion protection wall projects in the province. “We are very happy with this project, because on the one hand we are getting skills on how to weave gabions, and on the other hand we have a source of income to enable us to support our families,” said trainee Bibi Ayesha from Puli Khumri.