Aayenda, meaning "future" in Dari, is a semi-precious jewelry collection launched by the non-profit, women-led organization Future Brilliance. In war-torn Afghanistan, Future Brilliance aims to set the foundation for long-term sustainable change by training its artisans in metalsmithing and providing literacy courses. Traditionally, metalsmithing is a craft only practiced by men. A female presence alongside men in the workplace helps change widely held perceptions of gender and equality. Aayenda hopes to more than triple the number of women they employ within the next two years.
"If I can make enough money from my business I would like to build a school for girls in my own village. That would be good."
— Khala Zainab