Carmel set out to find her way to serve and founded Rising International. She had read about women being locked up in Afghanistan for five years while living under the Taliban’s rule. She was appalled and angry and she decided to take action. In an effort to help Afghanistan women support themselves and their children in a country that disallowed them to leave their homes to find work, Carmel reached out to artisans who sold highly individual dolls constructed with skill and found scraps of cloth. The dolls are traditional toys made by Afghan mothers for their daughters. The Nadera Doll Project was born and since its inception Carmel has extended a hand up to women artisans in over 19 countries.
Rising International is being noticed by the best and brightest of the social entrepreneur sector. Read about a grant awarded by Bill Drayton, the very man who coined the phrase “social entrepreneur” here.