To Ayub and Ghoty Azizi, living in Afghanistan seems like a lifetime ago.

Under the oppressive Taliban regime, Ghoty, along with her four young daughters, were virtually imprisoned in their humble three room flat: no school, radio, books or music. Even family photos were prohibited during Taliban occupation.

In 2001 when the United States began their military campaign against the Taliban, everything changed. Ayub began working with Solace International overseeing the construction of seven girls schools and two internet classrooms. Ghoty launched a women’s cottage industry project employing two hundred Afghan women.

Sadly, in 2006 the family began receiving death threats. Ayub, a man of integrity, was unwilling to sell his daughters into marriage.

In order to ensure their safety and escape the threats of violence, Solace facilitated the relocation of the Azizi family to Malawi, Africa.

Malawi was good to the family in the short term, but becoming Malawi citizens was not an option. Ayub feared that because the family could not receive citizenship they would be sent back to Afghanistan, where they would certainly be killed.

Ayub & Ghoty are now living in the United States. Currently they have pro-bono attorneys that are filing a political asylum case. For them, it is a wonderful country full of freedoms and opportunity. However, being in the U.S. has not been easy for the family financially. The cost of living in America—the price of freedom—is a challenge.

To help support themselves and the asylum process, Ghoty & Ayub started a cottage industry project which ironically has Ghoty cutting up burqas – the same type of burqa she was forced to wear in Afghanistan.






For a donation of $90 you will receive a beautiful handmade burqa bag.


Your generous donation directly impacts Ayub and Ghoty’s fight for FREEDOM.




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