Impoverished Ghazni women seek market for handicrafts
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok):Some craftswomen, trying to support their families, complainthey have no marketfor their handicrafts products in the southern province of Ghazni.
A widow from Deh Yak district, Rahela, meets her day-to-day needs by selling the handicrafts. She earnsup to 10,000 afghanis(nearly $150) a month.
Rahela, who has had tofeed her six children, told Pajhwok Afghan Newsif the government found a market for her products, her monthly income would double.
“I sell my handicrafts in the village. I have tried several times to sell them in main bazaar through my son, but people are not interested in purchasing them due to their lack of familiarity with the products.”
Another woman from Ghazni City, Amina, also pointed to the absence of a market for the caps, embroidered clothes, wallets, purses, waistcoats, skirts, covers for pens, mirrors and clocksand other oriental things.
“However, some people purchase these things after they get married.The products are more fashionable with couples,” she said.
Another woman from the city, Gul Andama, has been in the profession over the past few years and earns sufficient money to pay her house rent and meet daily needs.
Other women in the provincial capital also grumbled about the lack of a proper market for their produces. In order to promote their handicrafts, they asked traders to sell domestic products instead of imported ones.
A trader in Ghazni City, Raza Khan, said they would arrange a handicraft exhibition to find a good marketing for the products.“We import foreign products but sometimes youth ask for hand-made products.”
But a resident of the city, Hikmatullah, said most of the people were not interested in hand-made products because machine-made goodshad a wide and rich variety of designs.
For finding a good market for their products, they had decided to establish a women’s market in the city, said the director of women’s affairs, Shukria Wali.
“Wehave organised several handicraft expos, but women rarely participate in them, because they are not allowed by their families,” she concluded.
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