Getting a Job

Written by: Hasamuddin Hamdard

All foods are consumed approximately the same throughout the year, but pickles and jams are more common during Ramadan.

Some Afghan women have considered this need and started to produce these two items.

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

Fauzia says, “My husband is a taxi driver. Once I was watching the news on the television; they said that a group of Indian trainers have come to Kabul city and they intended to train some women to improve their family economy.

I went there and they registered me. After 41 days training, we started practical works and they opened bank accounts for the trainees. We were producing jam and pickles and after selling the products, they were transferring our income to our bank accounts and at the end of the course, they granted us certificates and allowed us to open our small business.

I and 9 other participants started our business. We produce jam and pickles. We spent 60 Afghanis for each jar of jam and pickle and we benefit 5 Afghanis in each jar.

Our customers are different stores in Kabul city.”

Fish Cooking:

Most people learn a skill to improve their economy. One of these people is Shamsurrahman, another resident of Kabul city. AEPO’s writer/producer has talked to him about his business.

Shamsurrahman says, “I was apprenticed to a fish cooking restaurant when I was in Pakistan and when I learned this skill, I came back to Afghanistan but I did not have enough money to open a restaurant so, I bought a kart for selling fish but sometimes the policeman did not let me sell on the streets.

 I earned some money and opened a small shop for cooking and selling fish. I have also a place in my shop for customers to eat fish in the shop.

Now I can solve my all economic problems and I had bought a house from the income of my shop.”