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My company’s revenue doubles in a year, says Hussaini

My company’s revenue doubles in a year, says Hussaini

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Feb 17, 2020 - 18:53

SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): A young woman has opened a handbag embroidery company and has hired several other girls in northern Sari Pul province and she doubled her revenue during a year.

Zahra Hussaini, 30, who holds bachelor degree in mathematics and physics, in an interview told Pajhwok Afghan News that she attended a training course of handbag embroidery launched by UNOPS in Jangalbagh area of the capital of Sar-i-Pul province in 2015.

She said she would save 6,000 afghanis she received during the course every month and then opened a company of handbag embroidery two years later in Jangalbagh area. She said the machines and tools of her company were provided by the provincial Womeninfo-icon Affairs Department.

Zahra said her company’s name was Amir Mujib where handbags and carpets were produced, but the carpet weaving section of the company was inactive so far.

She said 20 women worked with her in initial stages but former provincial Women Affairs Department head took away the embroidery tools from her company, forcing her to stop for a year.

Zahra said two years ago she invested 350,000 afghanis, including a bank loan, and then purchased required tools and raw materials.

She said she then hired 11 women and two men workers. Also a teacher in a school, Zahra said she was able to provide 3,000 to 4,000 afghanis salary to her workers, meet her own family needs and increase her assets from 300,000 afghanis to 600,000 afghanis.

Zahra said her workers worked from 8am to 11am. Workers of the company are girls who could not attend school due to economic problems but resumed their educationinfo-icon after starting work in the handbag embroidery, she said.

She said her company’s most contracts were with UNICEF, private schools in Jawzjan and Sar-i-Pul and madrasas. Hussaini said she also faced some problems during her business.

Shopkeepers did not trust quality of their products and they did not want to buy them and some male competitors did not like their products to be sold in the market, she said.

Hussaini said that government organs did not assist her but she was satisfied with her business. She said she can take bigger contracts in the future.

She wanted her business to be improved, hire more workers and open branches of her company in Jawzjan, Faryab and Balkh provinces.

Zahra Abbasi, one of workers in Amir Mujib Company said that she stopped going to school due to her economic problems but she resumed her school after joining the company.

Munira Hussaini, another worker, said she trained other women about handbag embroidery in the Labor and Social Affairs Department and Women Affairs Department after she professionally learning the skill in the company.

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