QAMARGUL ENCOURAGES WOMEN TO LEARN SKILLS AND HELP THEIR FAMILY
Qamargul, mother of 6 kids lives in Shaikhan village of Gosfandi district. Her husband was an agricultural farmer but due to climate change and drought he was in loss therefore, traveled to Iran to earn a living for his family. “I was not able to go to school because during Taliban regime girls were not allowed to study and I didn’t have any other skills. Life was getting difficult everyday” Said Qamargul. Her husband borrowed from relatives to migrate to Iran therefore they were in debt too.
She joined Hand in Hand Afghanistan’s Self Help Group named Sulh (Peace) 18 months ago and has been saving on regular basis. She attended Group Management, Microfinance and Business Development Services (BDS) Training. She was very interested to learn a skill that can help her generate income so she attended tailoring vocational skills training. After successful completion of skills training, she received tailoring enterprise startup kit from HiH Af as a helping hand to establish her enterprise and she also received AFN 5,000 loan from the group to purchase raw material.
Qamargul now runs her own tailoring microenterprise, earning around AFN 5,000 per month. She has already repaid the loan. Her main customers are neighbors and relatives; in addition HiH Af’s Village Enterprise Facilitator helps her in finding new customers.
Qamargul says “the prospective of society toward me and women like me who can generate income and help their families has changed. I am now taking part in family decisions and social activities. After I attended HiH Af’s training and started my enterprise, I was able to convince my husband to send my daughter to school. I am confident that I can improve my family’s condition because I have learnt a lot and I have income.”
Qamargul has planned to bring her husband back from Iran. She wants to open a shop for her husband in district center where he will be able to sell her products. She says “I encourage women to learn skills and help their family, which is how we can improve our lives.”