As a thirteen year-old girl, Kyleigh Kuhn travelled with her mother to Afghanistan, where she saw at first hand the destruction and misery caused by war. Shortly after that first journey, Kyleigh created the “Penny Campaign”, a project that encouraged fellow Bay Area high schoolers to collect pennies to support her mother’s mission, Roots of Peace.
Since then both Kyleigh and her activist family have worked tirelessly to build schools, playgrounds, and soccer fields in a devastated Afghanistan. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, and has successfully combined her education with her work. Since becoming a model, Kyleigh has frequently used the fashion industry as a platform for her philanthropic causes.
She is currently working with Afghan women widowed by war to secure a level of independence through artisan projects. These projects have resulted in collaborations with several American designers from which products are sold to provide funds for their education and livelihood. A fine art book detailing her family foundations work in Afghanistan is currently being published for release in December 2012.