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Afghan women entrepreneurs succeeded over the course of exhibition in India

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Afghan women entrepreneurs succeeded over the course of exhibition in India

trade with afganistanAfghan women entrepreneurs who participated in “Doing Business with Afghanistan” exhibition in India succeeded in selling their products.

Out of the 50 booths in the exhibition, virtually one third were in the in the hands of Afghan women.

Some of the participants could not communicate in Hindi and could barely utter a single English word, but they managed to clear almost all their inventory.

The Afghan women entrepreneurs dispelled the stereotypes about them and showed a different face of Afghanistan.

While some Afghan women have come very far in all walks of life, concerns about Afghanistan’s situation after 2014 are lurking.

“People are very anxious about 2014 and life in Afghanistan after that. I have done business even during the Taliban time. But I don’t want them to come back. However, keeping the foreign troops in our country permanently is not a solution. We have to fight our own battles and develop the country,” The Diplomat quotes Najiba Drab, one of the participants at the exhibition.

Humaira Aimaq, a 55-year-old entrepreneur, employs 40 women in her garments factory in Kabul. While her business is booming now in Afghanistan, fears for the future have started creeping into her head.

“I don’t want to wear the burqa again. I don’t want to see Taliban taking over the country,” The Diplomat quotes Aimaq.

The exhibition was held alongside the conference entitled “Doing Business with Afghanistan” organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industries and Foreign Affairs Ministries of India and Afghanistan.

The conference focused on economic cooperation between the two nations and investment opportunities in Afghanistan.



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