T&B is a for-profit, commercial entity first established in 2003 in order to garner the skills and generate sustainable, long-term income for the many female graduates of tailoring courses provided by Maharat, an Afghan non-profit organization formerly known as the Afghan Women’s Vocational Skills Learning Center (AWVSLC). The company is fully Afghan-owned and registered with the objective of designing, manufacturing, and procuring apparel and accessories
T&B has been servicing the military and tactical uniform sector of Afghanistan since 2003 and has a long-standing reputation for integrity, quality products, and timely deliveries. It was the first company in Afghanistan to construct and outfit a full-scale apparel factory in the post-Taliban environment, preceding the competition by several years. The Company's main 20,000 square foot facility is located in the originally USAID-sponsored Juma Mohammad Mohammadi Industrial Park in Kabul, Afghanistan and employs 350 women (as of August 2010).
A second and much larger facility at the same location in Kabul is already half-operational with 250 male workers and when fully completed, could comfortably accommodate 1500 employees on site. A third facility in Jalalabad, Afghanistan currently employs 100 Afghans with the capacity to employ a total of 250 on site.
T&B is not an "A-Z" logistics company. Rather, it is a procurement and manufacturing business focused distinctly on apparel and apparel-related goods.
This has resulted in:
Consistent high-quality sewn products that are strongly distinguished from those delivered by the "A-Z" procurement vendors
Active engagement with a social mission designed to use, to the furthest extent possible, local resources and local labor to create sustainable enterprise within the country of Afghanistan
T&B was the first company in Afghanistan to import computerized, state-of-the-art specialty function machines, as well as industrial-grade standard sewing machines. As of 2010, the Company has over 500 industrial grade machines, most from Japanese sources. These include Juki and Brother brand Japanese-made computerized buttonholers, computerized button attachers, computerized bartackers, heavy-duty press machines, two-needle lockstitch machines, belt-loop makers, as well as over 300 electric lockstitch machines. The Company has also been effective in training the Afghan people to use and maintain them.