Key Leash – What is it and How to Use it


A Key Leash allows you to keep your keys where you can easily find them.  By hooking your keys to a key leash and then snapping the end of the key leash to your bag, you can easily pull them out of the bag when you need them instead of digging for them at the bottom of your handbag.  You avoid unnecessary wait and frustration trying to get into your house/office or car.  Your keys are available with just the pull on the key leash.

Long enough for convenient use

The leash is long enough to not require removal (unsnapping) of the leash.  You just just pull them and use them on most door knobs/car doors.

Materials

Key leashes come in a variety of styles and materials.  We focus on hand-making our leashes from the highest quality materials (Italian leather).

How to use the key leash

  1. Hook your keys
  2. Snap the leash to your bag or your belt buckle
  3. Drop your keys inside your bag, purse, or pocket

Where do i Find a key leash?

 


Key Leashes Proud to be an Attendee Gift at the Luxurious West Palm Beach Conference at The Breakers


LeashNY Key Leashes were selected to be the gift for a high-end conference at the West Palm Beach Florida’s luxurious hotel, The Breakers.  Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, the event organizer, holds this yearly Leadership Summit which is attended by leaders of manufacturing companies globally.  This year’s keynote speaker was Terry Bradshaw.

Heather Holst-Knudsen, president of Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, selected the key leashes as the gift for the ~300 attendees because:

“Key leashes are a unique, practical and luxurious gift.  They are a good fit with several aspects of the event we are organizing – the audience and of course the location.  I own two key leashes that I use all the time and gifted several in the past to my family and friends.  Everyone I gifted the key leash to  loves them.  So i thought this would make a great gift for the participants at the conference as well, and it was a hit.”

Heather was also very supportive of the LeashNY’s mission of helping women’s education in underdeveloped countries where education is most needed.  25% of the profits from this order will be donated to a charity supporting girl’s education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Heather has generously offered to match the donation LeashNY will be making.

~300 key leashes were gifted to the summit participants.

We thank Heather and her organization for supporting LeashNY and the cause we are passionate about – women’s education.


Artisan Handmade Goods Toward Afghanistan’s Economic Recovery


You’ve heard about countries where people survive on less than $1 a day, and Afghanistan is one of those many countries.

Being a war-torn country means that a lot of infrastructures that can potentially create jobs don’t do that anymore, leaving an income gap in most Afghan families. It is little wonder that when the Taliban regime wanted to pay unemployed young men ten times that amount to work for them, many went forward, inevitably leading to further social destructions. What alternative income means do families, where these young men come from, have in order to feed themselves or even obtain an education? The Turkmen Women’s Active Rights Association of Afghanistan (TWARA) is one of the non-governmental organizations (NGO) formed to counter the destructive vicious cycle perpetuated by the Taliban government.

 

 

Run by women for women, TWARA believes that if everybody works together, an alternative economy can be formed, one that is not like what the Taliban government set it out to be. One of its main focuses is to help women obtain economic independence and education which will in turn mean support for their families and immediate communities.

Formed in 2005, TWARA works primarily with women who live along the banks of the Amo River in the northern part of Afghanistan, an area which has little access to clean water, roads, electricity, health care or schools. Women from this district also have low literacy rate and face hardships because of their economic situation and are financially unsustainable.

In order to help women gain economic independence and education, TWARA established the Turkmen Women’s Handicraft Center, which focuses on providing training in handicraft to women. The center also acts as a marketing channel for these handmade products such as woven carpets, embroidery and jewelry to the international consumer market. Working in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, handicraft schools are also being introduced into various provinces around Afghanistan, so that this form of skills training can reach more women, equipping them towards long-term employment which will in turn lend a hand towards Afghanistan’s economic recovery process.

TWARA maintains an online showroom with its range of products such as embroidery and handmade jewelry. It also promotes its handmade products through popular sites such as The Hunger Site to promote its products (mainly jewelry range) through them.

Besides the use of online channels to market their handmade products, TWARA has also participated in several international handicraft fairs and gift markets in the US which promote fair trade goods supporting artisans and their communities. TWARA was represented at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market in New Mexico, USA in July 2010 as well as another handmade gift fair held by One World Project in the same month.

Being part of international handmade and fair trade gift fairs helps NGOs such as TWARA gain more recognition in the global marketplace as well as allows the TWARA team to network with potential business partners and keep them in line with consumer trends, giving them new ideas for their artisan jewelry and embroideries.


Women of Hope Gives Afghan Women New Lives


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In a globalized, inter-connected world, the tragic plight of women in Afghanistan excluded in a male-dominated Taliban regime inevitably reached and touched the hearts of women from other countries. One of these many women was Betsy Beamon from the United States.

The world changed after September 11th took place and it also ended Beamon’s 24-year career in aviation. A trip to Afghanistan during a year’s break from work opened her eyes to the plight of Afghan women and children trapped in a society that provided them with no means to fend or provide for themselves. This eventually led her to set up Women of Hope, a not-for-profit organization that wanted to enable women to be self-sustainable.

Her first project under Women of Hope was a hydroponic project that taught women how to plant their own food. Though that was short-lived because of circumstances, Beamon’s passion didn’t fade. With a growing community of volunteers and supporters behind her, her perseverance eventually led to her biggest project ever – the Embroidery Project.

The Embroidery Project supports more than 1,000 women who hand embroiders products like bookmarks, ornaments, pillow cases, aprons, table linens etc which are sold in the US and Afghanistan. Through Women of Hope, Beamon also established a Learning Center in Kabul, Afghanistan to teach these artisan women how to sell their handmade products, learn literacy as well as start up their own business. Equipping Afghan artisan women with skills that will find them jobs or help them create their own business means that they can in turn invest in their children and families.

Thousands of women have benefited from the Women of Hope project. Satara’s story is one of the many.

From a young age, Satara already had to find means to support her family. Without so much as an education, she managed to get by through the years by begging from door to door for food scraps and small change.

When Satara first came to the Learning Center, she was hoping to sell some pieces of embroidery she made out of old scraps of clothing. The exquisiteness of her handicraft work caught the attention of staff at the Center. Life took a turn for Satara at that point and even though she was simply equipped with the basic necessities required to embroider, such as needles, silk thread and fabric, Satara wept with all her heart because of the new hope she found through Women of Hope.

Today, Satara has earned enough to pay her sister’s way into school, has money for her mother’s medical expenditure and sufficient finance for food, clothing and housing. She is also one of the Center’s finest producers.

It is organizations like Women of Hope that have turned stories such as Satara’s from one that is heartbreaking to one that is joy-filled. With work, Satara knows she has a future and new hope in store for her.

Women of Hope handmade products by artisan Afghan women can be found at sites such as The Hunger Site.


U.S. Educational Scholarships for Young Afghan Women


Post September 9/11, lives in the US were forever changed. Elsewhere in the world, lives were changed as well.

Paula Nirschel was an American woman so disturbed by the then new-found knowledge of how Afghan women were forced to be hidden under their burqas during the Taliban’s 7-year reign, and that they weren’t allowed an education that it made her vow to do something about it. And she did.

Her frustrations and disturbed spirit led to the creation of the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women (IEAW), where she aims to bring education to Afghan women, forever changing their lives for the better.

“I wanted a group of women to come to America to experience the freedom of education and to strengthen their self-worth, then return home and teach others what they learned in the United States,” Paula says.

The Roger Williams University was the first in the US to come forward and support with a full scholarship toward a woman from Afghanistan. Because of Paula’s relentless pursuits for her cause, other universities have since followed suit.

Paula Nirschel, founder of the Initiative to educate Afghan Women with a group of Afghan women on scholarships in the US. Photo: IEAW

 

IEAW is currently the only program that offers US college scholarships for women from Afghanistan, a country that offers limited higher education because of the lack in resources. In a 2010 newsletter from IEAW, it was reported that young Afghan women were being poisoned for attending school. This not only shows that Afghan women were willing to put their lives at stake in order to gain an education, it also tells us that there are strongholds in Afghan mindsets about women in education that have yet to be broken.

The numbers of students enrolled in the program can speak volumes in terms of IEAW’s success in its mission. Where in the first year there were only four students in the program, the number now stands at 33 students in 15 colleges or universities for the 2010-2011 academic year. Here are some words from one of the young Afghan student:

“A successful man/woman is not the one who tries not to fall, but the one who falls and has the courage to stand up and keep walking. Afghans have fallen many times but they are not willing to give up just yet. Every society goes through failures before it produces the leaders who know how to redeem the society. The failure stage is agonizing, sorrowful, dark and pessimistic. It is true that Afghanistan lost everything it ever had during the long days of civil war and foreign invasions. However, people have learned that war is easy to start but hard to end. Our parents are one of those who saw the destruction and abasement that comes with the war. They are the ones who see us as the new hope, the seeds of peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. We, the new generation of Afghanistan, intend to empower the vulnerable in the society. Thanks to IEAW, respectful donors, family and friends for their continuous support, love, help and trust.”

Fazila will be a senior at Sweet Briar College.

Perhaps we will only see the fruit of education a generation later but by providing an education for these young Afghan women, we have given them, their family and their nation new hope.


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