Dorafshan is a 19 year old married woman who lives in Dara-e-Suf Payan district of Samangan province with her husband and a child. She joined Zohra SHG in April 2014 where she learned tailoring skill and ways of doing business. After being trained she decided to start her own small enterprise in order to give a helping hand to her husband to cover family expenses. She received the enterprise startup toolkit from Hand in Hand and secured a loan of AFN 1,000 from the group to purchase the other required raw materials to start sewing. Dorafshan receives orders from relatives and neighbors to sew cloths for women and kids and she now earns AFN 4,000 on monthly basis. She has repaid the internal loan to the group and has started stepping towards self-sufficiency and contributes to family expenses properly. Dorafshan is happy with her job as she says: “I am very happy to help my family financially and this has given me enough confident to move forward and expand my enterprise.”
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