Woman provides source of income for 25 families
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A woman from the Khewa district of eastern Nangarhar province has provided a source of income for 25 families with training on handicrafts.
Nazia Latifi, 20, told Pajhwok Afghan News she would extend the business to other families as well, if supported. She has built a handicraft centre in her village, where 25 other women also work.
“Besides meeting the needs of my own family through handicrafts, I have graduated from school. Now I have started studying political science at a private university,” she said.
Latifi set up the center with the help of an organisation about three years ago. Only three women worked with her initially, but the number has now increased to 25.
“In case of workload, we share raw materials with other families with experiences in this area and we give them pay in return for their work,” she added.
Latifi personally purchases raw materials from the market and offers her supplies as embroidered bodice, dresses, shawls and other items to local shopkeepers.
“We prepare around 350 simple suits, 15 embroidered bras, 11 embroidered suits and many Punjabi suits every month. We sell around 35 to 40 suits a month,” she said.
She earns 100 to 1,000 afghanis from each suit sold and there are many shops in the market that sell such products. Stitching some suits may take a few hours but other need a month.
This depends on designs and embroidery styles. The products are also exhibited and sold at such events, and also on orders from different customers.
“The women working with me are widows or those whose husbands have disabilities or mental problems,” Latifi explained.
“A few days ago, I invited a woman whose husband has mental problems. Their economic situation is very bad. I brought her to my centre and she is working with us now.”
She said a number of women from other villages had also requested her for jobs but she has not enough resources and market for the handicrafts.
“I can hire more women if the organisations concerned help me and find markets for our handicrafts in other provinces of the country,” she concluded.
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