Benefit of Teamwork

 Written by: Aqsa Sediqi

 Trust in our abilities and talents helps us to build on our work, and this is very important in work progress but some works could not be done alone and if we start such works alone, we might not get a positive result.

AEPO’s writer/producer has talked to Mariam Habeeb, a resident of Kabul city.

Mariam says, “I started to prepare handicrafts about 6 years ago. I weave and sew purses, children, and adults Afghani dresses and other handicrafts. In the beginning, I and some other women were selling handicrafts individually in our shops but we did not have enough sales. Later we decided to hold exhibitions together on some special days. About 40-80 women show their products at each exhibition.

We hold exhibitions in different areas and more people purchase our products.

Last Ramadan we had a night bazaar from 4 pm to 8 am and I had about 36 thousand Afghanis sales in one night. Our customers have increased by about 30% than before.”

Rose Cultivation:

Some farmers in Afghanistan decided to replace poppy cultivation with natural rose.

AEPO’s writer/producer had a trip to Nangarhar province and there she has talked to Abdul Malik, a resident of Surkhrod district.

Abdul Malik says, “I have about 5 Jeribs land and I was cultivating hashish and poppy in it. One day, a businessman came and he wanted my father to cultivate rose in the land instead of poppy. He promised to buy the roses at a good price but I did not dare to cultivate rose in my land. When I saw that one of our villagers sold about 800 kilograms rose and got more money from selling the rose than opium, then I decided to replace poppy with rose. They trained me for about three months how to rise rose. Last year I got 48 kilograms dried rose and the price of each kilogram dried rose is about 800 Afghanis. It’s mentionable that rose does not have a good harvest in the first year but this year I wish to have a good income from my products.”