"As an Afghan woman, I want to affirm that a woman is capable of holding a cradle in one hand and the world in the other."
2010 Project Artemis Afghanistan graduate
Project Artemis is a two-week business education program in Glendale, Arizona, that aims to build the entrepreneurial skills of promising Afghan businesswomen. Mentors assigned to each participant provide additional support for at least two years as the women return home to establish or expand their companies. Other participants use their new business knowledge to succeed within civil society. The multiplier effect of Project Artemis can be seen in the jobs created, the knowledge shared and the examples set for future generations. “I want to make these women rich,” says Thunderbird for Good Executive Director Kellie Kreiser. “If they have money, they will use it to create jobs, improve lives and break down barriers.”
The 2013 cohort of Artemis Fellows came from 5 provinces throughout Afghanistan, and run diverse businesses from traditional silk and wool weaving to modern fashion boutiques to saffron production. The 2013 program produced 11 graduates, bringing the total Artemis alumni to 74 since 2005. Project Artemis graduates have returned to Afghanistan to run successful businesses that have created over 2,000 jobs for their local communities, and have trained and mentored well over 10,000 of their fellow Afghan citizens in business and leadership skills.