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Owner of Ashford Australia Rewa Nolan said it was a privilege to host the Pakistani women.

"We were delighted how quickly they picked up the new skills and am very excited that they plan to take these skills back to Pakistan and teach other women," Mrs Nolan said.

"Our cultures are very different and the environment we live in is also worlds apart but when you sit and weave alongside these women you realize that you share something special and that has been a very memorable experience for me."

The project, funded by the United States aid organisation USAID and the Australian aid organisation AUSAID, started about 10 years ago when the area was suffering from severe drought. The project became a food security and poverty alleviation program and grew from there.

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