Welcome to our site on the Helmand Doll Project. These dolls are handmade in Helmand Province in southwestern Afghanistan. By purchasing these dolls, you will be helping to contribute to improving the livelihoods of the impoverished women who make them.
Back in 2007, whilst working in Lashkar-Gah, Southwestern Afghanistan, I asked if there was anything I could do to help the provincial women find a means of income outside of opium production. Fast-forward a couple of years and with our combined efforts, the women of Afghnaistan now have the opportunity to sell these wonderful, hand-crafted dolls and earn a living to support themselves.