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Badakhshan women seek buyers for handicrafts, agri products

Badakhshan women seek buyers for handicrafts, agri products

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Oct 04, 2018 - 08:34

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): A number of participants of an exhibition in northeastern Badakhshan province on Wednesday complained about the lack of buyers for womeninfo-icon’s handcrafts and agricultural products.

More than 240 women supported by the Agha Khan Foundation have been busy making handcrafts and agricultural products in Badakhshan, but the craftswomen complained their products had no good market.

Samim Jalili, economic in charge of the Aga Khan Foundation in Faizabad, capital of Badakhshan, told Pajhwok Afghan News that handcrafts and agricultural products from Ashkasham, Zibak, Wakhan, Shaghnan, Baharak and Faizabad districts were put on display at 60 stalls at the exhibition for attracting buyers.

“The handicrafts include jackets, cashmere wool, coat covered bags, and others that are produced by women and are displayed at the exhibition,” he said.

The agricultural products on display included apples, grapes, cucumber, tomato and some types of vegetables and medical herbs, Jalili said

“The Aga Khan Foundation is trying to find market for handicrafts of women, this foundation have exported women’s handicrafts to other provinces of the country and even abroad for introducing them to other people and finding customers for them,” he added.

He said currently 40 women were busy making handicrafts in Faizabad city and 200 other women in districts of the province. The women are financed by the Aga Khan Foundation.

Hedayatullah Hakimi, head of the Precious and Semi-Precious Stones Association in Badakhshan, said: “We sell stones through the association to women who then make bracelets, necklaces, Afghanistaninfo-icon map and other items, these items are also displayed at today’s exhibition.”

He said lack of their access to raw materials such as precious and semi-precious stones had created problems for them as they could not increase their production.

 Amina Rahimi, a dairy products seller in Faizabad city, said: “Products we have put on display today include yogurt, butter, milk and cream, we processed them in our workhouse and then offered them here.”  She said 16 men and women worked with her at her workhouse.

She said imports of animal products from foreign countries affected domestically produced products.

Nizakat, who makes handicrafts in Baharak district, said they worked in tailoring and embroidery and were supported by the Aga Khan foundation. She said 43 other women also worked with her.

But she said there was no market for their products and the government and organizations concerned should help them find market for their products.

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