“Hand in Hand Afghanistan helped me to start a business, generate income and support my family” Says Baseera.
Baseera is a 25 year old girl. She lives with her parents and 10 siblings in Aqkamar Lalmi village of Sholgara district. They were a very poor family and her father was the only one who was working and struggling to pay for the entire family expenses, that is why Baseera was not able to continue her school.
When HiH Af started the Sustainable Livelihood Project in Balkh province, she joined Hadia SHG and regularly participated in the group meetings and received a series of trainings such as Group Management, Financial Management, Business Development Services, Life Skill Training for Entrepreneurs (LSTE) and Tailoring Vocational Training. She learnt how to sew clothes and also received the Enterprise Startup kit including sewing machine to run her business.
Now she is sewing clothes for her relatives and neighbors, her monthly income is around AFN 2,500. She helps her father with contributing to their living expenditures and she says “My dream to help my family has come true as I am able to pay for my brothers and sisters education”.
Now she has many customers from her own village and neighboring villages. She plans to further expand her business and is marketing her services in district level.