There are currently 18 staff members working within the confectionery factory and shop in Kabul, including trainees, an admin worker, salesmen, marketer and shopkeepers.
Originally, the confectionery factory and shop was established as a social enterprise to provide skills training, with all income invested back into the operation of the factory and training costs. Now, a few years after the start-up, the income from the small business has been increasing. This is not only a good indicator of improvement and sustainability, but has allowed the project to become 100% self-sufficient.
The project has trained most of the Half-way House boys to become confectioners, with the overall goal to transition the boys from trainees to skilled and independent workers. Over the years, several widows have also been trained in confectionery, allowing them to generate an income for their families.
Additionally, the surplus made from the social enterprise is funding part of Kabul Hope House. The Hope House acts as a home for orphan children, an education center for the community and an outreach hub for Widows. For orphan children, this House is everything they have and it is providing them with a much brighter future. For Widows, many are receiving vocational training that allow them to generate an income to support their children; something that is difficult due to the stigma of widowhood.