Living in the dry, mountainous deserts of Pakistan, most of the Baluch women are refugees, illiterate, and confined to a mud home, yielding very few opportunities to provide for their large families of six or more children. Starting in 1992, Baluch women could join Aloex, an artisan group that exports handcrafts and offers literacy and general education classes. Now, numerous women are earning an income and being educated while embroidering Afghan cosmetic bags.


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