KABUL (Pajhwok): A woman in Kabul, who is teaching about 200 more women how to sew clothes, asks the caretaker government to support her to train more women in the profession.
Rahima Hakimi, director of Razi Tailoring Course, told Pajhwok Afghan News she launched her business using her own resources and with the assistance of some other female entrepreneurs.
So far she has succeeded in graduating 380 students who now work and support their families and currently about 200 girls are learning the profession of tailoring.
The aim of her workshop (course) is to help less fortunate girls, who cannot continue their education, learn tailoring skills in order to support their families.
The trainees are theoretically and practically taught the skills of tailoring for four months and 50 of them with high marks will be hired to work in the workshop.
“We ask the government to support us in imparting the tailoring skills to more women in future,” she said.
She added: “Previous we had 100 girls working in the workshop, but their number decreased after restrictions were imposed on women, their number was decreased, in the future we plan to enroll more students who can then support their families economically”.
Fayeza Rizaee, a ninth grade student, who learns tailoring in the workshop said: “The reason why I am here is that my school is closed and I could not attend to my lessons in the school, so I thought that it would be better to learn tailoring than doing nothing”.
Fayeza is happy about the course and she said she learnt many skills which could be beneficial for her in the future.
She said: “We ask the government to allow us to study, the government must not exclude us from the society, we can serve our society and develop it, a society is incomplete without women”.
Zainab Mirzaee, another student of the course, said: “I came from Ghazni to Kabul to study and pursue my education, but when the gates of the schools were closed, I had no other option than to learn another profession and have an extra income source for myself”.
She said tailoring was a good source of income and she was happy to have learned the skill.
Zakia Haidari has been working in this workshop after her graduation. She said: “I was trained for four months as a student, but now I have been working and making an income for my family, I am happy and thank my instructor for providing me the opportunity at a time when there are too less opportunities for women to work”.
Zakia said: “I sew clothes with my own hand and get 25 afs per dress that I sew, I sew up to 20 dresses daily and earn up to 5,000 afs monthly”.
She asked the government not prevent women from working and instead create job opportunities for them.