Pre-Construction

After years of war, the main marketplace in Istalif lay in ruins.

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Construction

Rather than bringing in outside contractors or builders, the Jindhag Foundation provided the resources for the local citizens to rebuild their own marketplace.

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Post-Construction

The successful rebuilding of the marketplace gave local people a place to sell their artwork as well as other items such as clothes and food. This gave them a way to earn a living again — spurring a larger revitalization in the rest of the village.

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Istalif Pottery

Artisans create unique pottery with a special preparation of local clay.

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Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

In 2007, Istalif pottery was exported out of Afghanistan for the first time when pieces from 40 artists were displayed and sold at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, NM.

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Inspired by Istalif

In 2009, inspired by Istalif's story, the Arnold Hill Secondary school in London incorporated Istalif's signature style of pottery-making into their curriculum. Students learn about the techniques, materials, and history behind this wonderful artform.

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