Pajhwok Afghan News

Balkh student hires 70 females in her carpet-weaving shop

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A female school student has established a rug-weaving workshop in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province and employed 70 female workers.

The workshop’s owner says her aim is to support women and provide them with employment opportunities in addition to learning the rug-weaving art.

Saliha Gholami, 16, said she was in grade 10th when the doors of her schools were closed and then she established the workshop by investing 35,000 US dollars.

She said 70 women worked in her workshop and most of them

were the bread winners of their families.

Saliha went on to hope, if supported, she would be able to employ more women and girls in her workshop.

The workers of the workshop are happy and want the Islamic Emirate to support their employer in expanding her business.

Tamana Hydari, a worker in the carpet-weaving section, said she was in grade eleven when girls were barred from going to school and then she started a job here.

She said such workshops were effective in eliminating women’s unemployment and financial problems of families. “I learned many things here.”

Shabnam Qasmi, another worker, said that she has been working in this workshop along with her mother.

On the other hand, Afghanistan’s Carpets Production and Exports Association officials assured all possible support to the carpet weavers.

Noor Ahmad Noori, deputy director of Afghanistan’s Carpets Production and Exports Association, said many exhibitions were held in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan to support the carpet industry.

He assured all possible support to carpet weavers and added they were trying to hold more exhibitions in order to find market for Afghan products.

He said about 1.2 million people were associated with the carpet weaving section in the country.

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