Matin Maulawizada may be a renowned beauty expert, but a large part of his heart lies with his nonprofit organization, Afghan Hands. The mission of this foundation is to give opportunities and voices to women who would have struggled to find them otherwise.

Afghan Hands helps Afghani widows gain independence and education. Underprivileged women in Kabul learn to create beautiful embroidered shawls and scarves, and all of the proceeds go directly back to them. At the Afghan Hands centers, these women are paid to further their education: they attend classes in the morning and embroider in the afternoon.

Don’t think of this as a charity – this is an opportunity for these women to become financially and mentally independent. If you would like to support the cause and purchase one of the beautiful handmade shawls, visit