At James Tufenkian’s suggestion, in 2001 the Foundation began producing Christmas gifts for beneficiaries in need. The work involved 125 women who knitted 167 afghans between June 2001 and December 2002. Women were paid above the standard salary for such work in Armenia, making $50 per afghan instead of the normal $10-15.
For each woman, the money provided substantial income. Additionally, these women gained the satisfaction of knowing that their afghans would be a source of help and comfort to those in need.
We are now studying the possibility of restarting the “Knitting Ladies” project, this time in Armenia’s outlying districts.