Nature Khan Nature Iraq is pleased to announce a groundbreaking new project funded by the US State Department's Ambassador's Fund. The Nature Khan program will expand access to economic opportunities for disadvantaged persons, preserve disappearing cultural heritage, promote reconciliation and stability through the creation of common economic interests among diverse groups, and reduce the environmental impact of Iraqi commercial activities.
The heart of the Nature Khan program will be the formation of a national cooperative for artisans who produce traditional goods. Over the next two years, Nature Iraq will identify, recruit, and support artisans throughout the country, with a particular emphasis on trades that are at risk of disappearing.
- Creation of a retail network and necessary organizational structure to distribute local, traditional, and sustainable goods.
- Cooperative members earn 60% of average Iraqi income
- Formation of a network of mutual support and exchange between crafts persons
- Capacity building through vocational and personal training for crafts persons.
- Meeting internationally recognized standards for sustainability.
- Formatting of a diverse steering committee
- Conducting 24 training on a variety of subjects
- Submitting annual report to Global reporting initiative (GRI)
- Establishing cooperative structure
- Opening storefront locations in Iraq's major centers of business: Baghdad, Basra, and Erbil
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