Hi readers, I’m Anand, a new addition to the Designed Good team and will be running the blogs (with Katy) from out here in Washington D.C. I’m an aspiring policy wonk and love working on intersections — presently, I’m focusing on the intersection of policy and investment strategies in the energy space. At Designed Good, I’m working with Katy to write the stories that are a crucial aspect of the company’s USP.
Let me expand on the peculiar title of this post (it is peculiar, isn’t it?). Currently, Designed Good’s highlight sale is scarves distributed by Jawan Fashion.
These scarves are unique — look at their wide range of colors and design patterns, for instance. But Designed Good had something else to say about them; we shared the unique story behind these scarves. The story is of a young Afghan, his travels to East Asia and Northeastern United States and how his vision is changing the lives of teenagers in Afghanistan through the power of world-class education — and, of course, these scarves.
Qiammuddin Amiry has led a remarkable life. A decade ago, he was just another carpet weaver in Kabul. After taking on translation work for the British military, a life-changing opportunity unfolded: He got a scholarship to attend the United World College in Hong Kong as a high-schooler. Not only did he take it up, he, then, went on to matriculate at Colby College and Tufts University, both prestigious institutions in the USA. Today, as co-founder and president of the Afghan Scholars Initiative, he helps other Afghan students come to America to receive the world class education that he did. So far 14 such “scholars” have been given the opportunity to attend top schools through his initiative. This bottom-up approach to transforming civil society, based on the sturdy foundations of education and networks of internationalists, is what Qiam hopes will truly make a positive difference in Afghanistan.
That’s his story. Do you want to be a part of it? You can buy those scarves on the Designed Good website (at a 20% discount). My favorite scarf is the one with the blue shade.