The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

IEA supporting Afghan women entrepreneurs

A businesswoman in the country’s western province of Herat has established a small embroidery workplace with just nine female workers. In recent years, the embroidery craft has developed among women in the province and most of these handicrafts are used to decorate homes. “Now, I receive orders and have nine workers, including one painter. It is very good for the girls,” said Razia, a craftswoman in embroidery from the province. The girls embroider various types of flowers on cotton sacks, produce unique handmade creations, work hard, and endeavor to learn embroidery art. “I can continue this profession and pursue my education if the schoolsare opened,” said Gulsoom, a student. “Because of my interest in art, I turned to this work and it is a good art. I hope that I can serve people in this way,” said Husna, another student. Head of Herat’s Information and Cultural Department assured of his support to the activities and work of girls and women entrepreneurs. “There has not been any obstacle from any organ, and it has been supported, and, God willing, there is an effort to promote women’s business in accordance with Islamic Sharia. Women’s and girls’ handicrafts have flourished once again in Herat over the past two years, during which time, dozens of handicraft centers have been established throughout the city and hundreds of women and girls have been employed there. In addition, the citizens of the country complain about the lack of a handicraft market and say that recent political change throughout the country, widespread poverty, and the lack of a specific market have stagnated Afghan women’s handicrafts. Handicrafts of Afghan women are a collection of arts and crafts, including needlework, weaves, ornaments, leatherwork, and local clothes. These handmade creations have not had a suitable market in recent years and are facing stagnation. “This precious local treasure, which had a good market in the past, is now facing stagnation due to poverty, economic challenges, and lack of investment by responsible institutions.” Said Nadia, a citizen of Herat province. “If the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan does not support growing Afghan women’s handicrafts, thousands of women in different provinces of Afghanistan will lose their jobs,” said Najia Hemat, a Herat citizen. It comes as several industrialist women want the government to create industrial parks so that they can increase their production. The production of handicrafts will increase, its market will prosper, and the families’ income will rise when industrial parks are established. Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.