HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): A female entrepreneur has established a food packaging company and a handcraft- centre, providing jobs for 130 women in western Herat province.
Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, Nafas Gul Jami, in charge of the company — called Malika Jami — said she was striving to support poor and homeless women.
According to her, the availability of raw materials in the market promoted her to seize the opportunity to provide jobs for more than a hundred women in the province.
She urged the government to take effective measures to promote the women’s employment and activities.
The women, who are pleased working for the firm, say since the secondary school, high school and universities were closed for girls, they have started working in factories and elsewhere.
Zahra, one of the employees, thanked the owner of the company. She said she had been able to earn 6,000 afghanis per month for a family of eight.
Laila Mohammadi, another female worker, told Pajhwok poverty had forced her to work to eke out a living for her family.
Happy with her monthly income and salary, Zahra hailed her pay as strong support for her family in the prevailing economic situation in the country.
She urged the government to create employment opportunities for women to help them come out of their plight.
Adeba Waziri, director of the women’s chamber of commerce, said the number of women entrepreneurs had surged from 70 to 450.