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Lali whose 2,000afs investment soared into millions

Lali whose 2,000afs investment soared into millions

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Oct 16, 2019 - 08:40

 

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): A woman, who started embroidery 14 years ago in central Bamyan province, has now hired 50 other womeninfo-icon. She says women can be good capitalists.

Auzra Lali, 45, a resident of Bamyan City, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok Afghan News that their economy was not good when her family returned from Pakistaninfo-icon in 2005 and she was obliged to start a new work with her husband to meet family needs.

“I thought a lot about what to start. I wanted to start something which required little money. So I started making embroidery designs on dresses, which became a good source of income for me.”

She said she first started work with a needle and was able to sew many washing mitts in one day and offered them to market for sale. She later started embroidery.

Lali said she went through many hardships during the first four years until her work improved and her products increased. Then she opened a shop in Bamyan city.

The mother of six children said, “I worked and brought up my children at the same time, which was very difficult, but I did not give up and continued working.”

“When I earned enough money, I thought I should expand my work, I found that leather sewing is also a good business,” she added.

She said besides running her own shop she has hired 50 other women who work in a yard and are equipped with needed machineries and materials.

She added they produced eight types of women’s bags and shoes made of leather. “We produce 15 bags and 10 pairs of shoes in a day and most of them are sold in my own shop,” she added.

 “I started work with 2,000 afghanis and now my wealth has increased to three million afghanis. I bough three yards and a shop, I realized that women also can be good capitalists.”

Lali’s husband is proud of her

Abdul Hamid Lali, Lali’s husband, said he sold her wife’s products at his shop in Bamyan city. “My wife with her own initiative helped us to get out of economic problems, I am proud of my wife,” he said.

Advising other women who are in economic problems, he said women should use their skills and play a role in improving their family condition.

Lali’s colleagues also praise her effort

Zuhra, a worker at Lali’s firm, said she was thankful to Lali for her efforts and struggle for other women by providing them job opportunities.

She said her work was is packing products in bags on a daily basis and she received 3,000 afghanis per month salary.

When asked if 3, 000 afs salary is enough meet her family needs, she expressed her happiness and said the amount was enough to pay her children school expenses.

Marzia, another woman who has been working for the last three years at Lali’s firm, said she had learned few skills.

She currently has a shop in Bamyan City.  She told Pajhwok: “I am proud of my teacher Lali as I have leant everything from her because today if meet my family needs through my business.”

Currently women operate 50 small trade firms in Bamyan.

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