CLEVELAND A delegation of 10 Afghan women who are visiting Ohio to make business contacts lost $10,000 worth of crafts when their rented van was stolen.
The group represents 2,000 craftswomen who make purses, shawls, jewelry and other wares.
We arrived to find a market for these products, said one of the women, Parwana Wafa. Instead of help, we lost everything.
The van was stolen Tuesday after it was left idling outside a hotel. In addition to the wares, the group reported missing one passport and three airline tickets to Afghanistan.
The Great Lakes Consortium for Training and Development, based in Toledo, used a State Department grant to bring the group to Ohio for four weeks.
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