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A Fukuoka-based nongovernmental organization providing health care and food in Afghanistan has started a workshop in Kabul for women without families to help them live independently, its members said Wednesday.

Peshawar-kai started the workshop in mid-March to teach women how to sew clothes and comforters, and how to make carpets and soap.

The group said it hired local teachers and pays trainees a daily allowance. The women are allowed to rent equipment, including sewing machines, to earn a living after they complete their training, the members said.

It plans to hold the workshops for two years, they said, and courses last three months. There are currently 16 trainees. The group plans to train 200 people in two years.

Peshawar-kai said it has collected 720 million yen in donations since October, when it established a fund for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. The country was devastated by years of warfare and military strikes by the United States after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The workshops are part of the fund’s reconstruction plan.

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