The DOSTI soccer ball story

Posted on 26. Nov, 2010 by in 1. Afghanistan, Bpeace Blog

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What better way to foster team spirit and friendship than with Afghan made DOSTI soccer balls?  Afghan women have been renowned for centuries for deft needlework.  Now the women of DOSTI, meaning “friendship” in Dari, have harnessed that heritage to handcraft club-quality soccer balls.

Each ball is sturdily hand-stitched using 32 panels of highest quality synthetic leather producing soccer balls with superior bounce and shape.  Bearing DOSTI’s signature Doves in Flight pattern in the colors of the Afghan flag, each ball purchased provides meaningful employment for Afghan women

Features

  • Club-quality soccer ball
  • 32 hand-stitched panels, made from the leading synthetic leather, and a latex bladder
  • Silk-screened with a dovedesign in the colors of the Afghan flag, and the words: “Made by Afghan women”
  • Available in Size 5 (ages 12 and up)
  • Measurements: 8″L, 8″W, 8″H
  • Weight: 15oz

DOSTI soccer balls spark change through employment for Afghan women. During this introductory phase, DOSTI soccer balls are only available through Global Goods Partners, the non-profit Fair Trade online retailer.

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THE DOSTI STORY

Two female Afghan entrepreneurs share a product, and a mission: Soccer balls as a means to financial independence for Afghan women.

Taj and Aziza were heading up their own businesses, each employing women in the manufacture of soccer balls; Aziza in Kabul, and Taj in Daikundi Province. They separately had the idea: Afghan women’s self-reliance is linked to steady work-from-home income.

Bpeace suggested they combine efforts. With the help of Bpeace and partial financial support from Beyond the 11th Foundation, Taj and Aziza formed DOSTI, a joint venture that produces soccer balls in Afghanistan for distribution in the United States.

Today, they collectively employ 564 Afghans, and DOSTI balls are starting to enter the U.S. market. By stitching 500 soccer balls, or 1 – 2 balls per day, an Afghan woman can earn enough income from DOSTI to support a family of six for a year.

  • Soghra is sending her 4 brothers and sisters to school, and has opened a bank account in order to save for the future.
  • Rahila is taking English classes, and is providing financially for her brother and sister.
  • Mursal has the means to purchase the oil and fuel for her family’s home during the cold winters.

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THE CRAFT PROCESS

Each DOSTI ball is meticulously handcrafted and quality-tested, combining traditional skills and 21st century standards.

The process for every DOSTI ball is the same: Stretching the synthetic leather; drying it (which takes 3 days in the summer, and 6 days in the winter); cutting the material into 32 panels; silk-screening; hand-stitching the panels together; washing and airing the finished ball; and, finally, a rigorous quality control test.

Sewing the panels by hand is the most time-consuming element of the process, and also the most crucial for the soccer balls’ quality. DOSTI workers often do their sewing from home–which is not only more practical for their lives as mothers and homemakers, but also safer. DOSTI makes it possible for Afghan women to be financially independent without risking their security, or threatening traditional roles.  And the pay is better: Other home-based employment options, such as embroidery, take significantly more time for equivalent money.

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PURCHASING INFORMATION

Buy one DOSTI soccer ball or up to 19 balls for $45 per ball plus shipping through Global Goods Partners.

For bulk orders between 20 and 199  DOSTI soccer balls contact Jennifer Gootman here or call 212.461.3647.

Wholesale orders 200 or more balls will be delivered in 4-5 weeks for $18 per ball. Shipping included direct from Kabul factory. Contact us here or call 347.526.5394.

 

DOSTI IN THE NEWS

The Healers of 9/11 by Nicholas D. Kristof
September 9, 2010

“Another initiative has been to train Afghan women, through a group called Business Council for Peace, to run a soccer ball manufacturing company. The bosses have been coached in quality control, inventory management and other skills, and they have recruited unemployed widows to stitch the balls—which are beginning to be exported under the brand Dosti.”

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14 Comments

[...] DOSTI soccer balls from BPeace.  Hand-stitched by women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan, each DOSTI (which [...]

DISORO

05. Feb, 2011

It is just amazing idea and great example for every women with reason.

Coach Kurt

21. Mar, 2011

Nice, quality Soccer Balls there. Nice mission by the way. The best gift you can ever give to your nephew who is to much into soccer. I also found out about fold-a-goal.com which is a pretty interesting site too!! They sell all types of Soccer Equipments. Go check out for yourself.

[...] Afghan Fast Runners–Taj and Aziza–who now collaborate on a joint venture–DOSTI soccer balls.¬† Together, they employ more than¬† 500 women who hand-stitch balls for export to the U.S., Canada [...]

[...] kickoff, Bpeace CEO Toni Maloney spent two productive days working with the Fast Runners who manage DOSTI soccer balls–Taj, Aziza, and Masooda,¬† Long days were spent in Toni’s hotel room discussing more [...]

Petraimports

12. Jul, 2011

Very well done by the women.It was a amazing thought.

[...] to bring two independent Afghan soccer ball manufacturers together in a joint export venture.  DOSTI soccer balls are selling briskly online in the U.S., and the 430 Afghan women who hand stitch them [...]

Mohammad Ali

09. Feb, 2012

hello
this Mohammad Ali from kabul Afghanistan i really proud on Afghan women that they are able to make ball and have income i have been working for 3 years as a ball trainer whit taj i am very happy that today our production is sold in USA we have contract whit some one too out of Afghanistan by the way it it a good start for afghan women

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10. May, 2012

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Smarter Peace

08. Jul, 2012

Any plans to make a ruggedized street football? There are a lot of urban places that have dire need of a well made asphalt resistant football.

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