New Experiences

Written by: Hasamuddin Hamdard

Some returnees have got some new experiences in various fields and used them in their daily lives.

AEPO’s writer/producer has talked to Abdul Maroof, a resident of Sardarbegi village, Qarabagh district, Kabul province.

Abdul Maroof says, “My profession was carpentry but when I migrated to Iran, I learned the planting, growing, and harvesting of cucumber in a new way to get more benefit. When I came back to Afghanistan, I cultivated cucumber in my land. I spend about 5000 Afghanis in each season and I can get about 170 thousand Afghanis from the sale of cucumber in one season. My neighbor has more than 3000 thousand grapevines. Once he told me that he could not get such benefits from his whole grapevines that I get from my cucumbers field. The customers come and buy the harvest from the land and I don’t have to take the harvest to the market.”

Taking benefit of sources:

AEPO’s writer/producer has talked to a lady shopkeeper, Khurshid Husaini, a resident of Shibar 2 district, Bamiyan province.

Husaini says about her business, “I opened a grocery and general store about 4 years ago. I sell honey, dried curd, felts, carpets, and a kind of gown. We prepare all the mentioned items at home. Before our family men were selling all the products in the market at a low price but when I have opened the shop, I gain more benefits. For example, the men of our family were selling each 7 kilograms dried curd not more than 700 Afghanis but now I sell the same item for 1500 Afghanis.

I learned all these things in several workshops. Before we were waving only carpets and sell each piece of them for 900 Afghanis but when started to make felts, I sell each piece of the felts about 3000 Afghanis. We also make a special gown from Barak (Barak is a kind of soft, sticky and thick fabric that is woven from camel wool or goat hair by hand) and the price of it is among 15000-20000 Afghanis and our family economy is much better than before.”