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Besides higher studies, some Bamyan girls also work

Besides higher studies, some Bamyan girls also work

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Jul 23, 2019 - 16:23

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): A number of girls in central Bamyan province do independent work in addition to their pursuit of educationinfo-icon.

According to a report of the Ministry of Economy, nine million out of 15 million people who are eligible to work are jobless in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Based on information from the Ministry of Higher Education, around 40,000 people annually graduate from government and private higher education institutes but a large number of them are unemployed.

Razia, an agricultureinfo-icon faculty student in Bamyan University, has opened a tailoring shop in Bamyan city besides continuing her higher education.

While snipping a piece of womeninfo-icon cloth, Razia told Pajhwok Afghan News that she opened the shop three years ago.

“I study in the university and work as a tailor, I opened the shop because I do not want to be jobless after finishing my studies. There are many girls like me who are worried about job in future and have therefore started independent works,” she said.

Razia said there were many girls in Bamyan who had graduated from higher education but they were jobless. She said she helped her family economically with earning from her shop.

Zahra, a second year student of social sciences in Bamyan University, also said that she was running a shop besides her education.

She opened a shop of women’s dresses two years ago. “I was always worried I will remain jobless after graduation from university, now I feel comfortable working and continuing my education.”

In Bamyan, there are a number of educated and uneducated women who run their own small businesses such as shops, hotels besides farming and other works.

Fatima, 35, who studied up to grade eight in school, has been selling women’s handicrafts in a shop in Bamyan city for the last five years. She said her husband was a vendor in the city.

“I had no good life before I started this job, now our livelihood is getting better with each passing day, thanks God,” she said.

She said women could do any activity and play an effective role in improving their families’ economic situation.

Fatima has developed good relationships with other women who make women’s clothes and then sell them in her own shop.

“Our business is good not only for ourselves, but also for the women who make women clothes,” she said.

Khurshid is another woman who produces dairy products such as yogurt, milk, butter, cream, cheese and others and sell them in Bamyan city.

A resident of Qarghana Toi area of Bamyan city, Khurshid said that she prepared these products from milk of her cows and sheep.

She said she could earn around 15,000 afghanis a month from her business. She asked the government to provide loan service to women who ran independent businesses so they would be able to promote their businesses.

Zakia who works in a farm receives some vegetables in return of her work on a daily basis.

While removing weeds from a potato farm, she said, “I am an uneducated woman, I cannot do other jobs, my economic situation is also not so good, so I am obligated to work in farms.”

She said she worked for three to four hours in the field in return for some vegetables.

Ali Reza Hassanzada, managing director at Bamyan Chamber of Commerce and Investments, told Pajhwok that the number of women running independent businesses was increasing with each passing day in the province.

He said that 38 handicraft associations and two women’s associations were active in Bamyan.

He said local Bamyan officials were trying to provide loan services to women in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, spokesman for the Bamyan governor, said that the governor’s house was trying to further encourage businesswomen in the province.

Hassanzada said that 40 shops were opened for women in Bamyan city and 30 other shops in Yakawlang district of the province. He said efforts were underway to offer women loan services.

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