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Insecurity hampers women’s businesses in Kunduz

Insecurity hampers women’s businesses in Kunduz

Jul 18, 2019 - 16:47

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A number of womeninfo-icon shopkeepers in Imaminfo-icon Sahib district of northern Kunduz province say the recent insecurity has negatively impacted their businesses.

Bibi Shah Gul, 55, told Pajhwok Afghan News that she had been running a shop in the bazaar of Imam Sahib district for the past 25 years.

“Five years ago, I would earn 7,000 to 8,000 afghanis on a daily basis, but currently my income has decreased to 1,000 afghanis which cannot meet our expenses,” she informed.

According to Shah Gul, around 40 poor women have been selling handicrafts over the past 25 years in the bazaar but their number decreased due to recent insecurity.

“My husband is paralyzed and ill so he could not work and I work all the day to win bread but now it has become difficult, May Allah bless us,” she remarked.

Najiba, another businesswoman, said she lost her husband to the recent conflict and her family economic problems forced her to open a shop.

She said most of the women shopkeepers in the bazaar owed money to each other therefore and thus they left the business.

Shabana, a young girl in the bazaar, said she was first deprived of educationinfo-icon due to insecurity and how her business was affected by insecurity.

Other women shopkeepers held similar accounts and urged the government and Talibaninfo-icon to maintain peace instead of fighting.

Police chief Manzur Stanikzai said security operations have been launched to maintain security in Imam Sahib District. He said the operations were underway successfully.




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