From Being a Watchman to a Mechanic

 Written Hasamuddin Hamdard

Positive changes have been reflected in the lives of several people who have taken benefit of their time. AEPO’s writer/producer has talked to Karimullah, a resident of Kabul city.

Karimullah says about his job, “I started my job as a watchman in an electronic equipment workshop. My job was starting after the engineers were going homes and during the days I was paying attention when they were repairing electronic equipment. When the engineers considered my eagerness to repairing electronic equipment, then they helped to learn more. I learned to repair washing machines and refrigerators in 3 years and I learn repairing air conditioning in 1 year and then they hired me in the workshop.

When I was working as a watchman, my salary was 4 thousand and 500 Afghanis but now they pay me about 20 thousand Afghanis monthly salary.”


AEPO’s writer/producer has talked to a floriculturist, Sayed Shafiqullah, a resident of Kabul city.

Shafiqullah says, “As I have not studied school and did not have any occupation, to support my family economically, I started my work from 200 Afghanis. I cultivate flowers in a small greenhouse in my house yard and then I sell them in the bazaar.

  I purchase used plastic bottle each for one Afghani and I plant flowers seed in them and I sell them in the spring. The price of flower vases are among 70-300 Afghanis and my net benefit reaches to about 150 Afghanis in each flower vase.

Last year, I have earned about 100 thousand Afghanis from my greenhouse.”