October 6, 2022


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Particular person One: Heartbreaking however hopeful, underneath Taliban rule in Afghanistan |

“I instructed myself I ought to journey to Kabul and purchase extra tools, together with a fridge, earlier than increasing my bakery enterprise. This dream by no means got here true when my nation fell to the Taliban.

I used to run a enterprise in my province. I employed 5 ladies to bake cookies and muffins that I might promote in a store I rented on the ladies’s market.

In Afghanistan, baking companies thrive throughout Eid, a competition that brings Afghan households collectively to mark new beginnings. For Eid, Afghans welcome visitors into their houses, the place they serve cookies, muffins, donuts, ice cream rolls, muffins and dried fruit.

My province may be very remoted. Mountains, unpaved and bumpy roads discourage individuals from touring exterior the province until there may be an pressing want. Fearing injury alongside the best way, store homeowners don’t convey bread merchandise from Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital metropolis and the principle hub the place meals, clothes and day by day requirements arrive. different provinces. I made a decision to supply all of those in my province. First, I opened a bakery enterprise, then I rented my very own store on the town, the place I offered different gadgets made by ladies — handicrafts that commemorate our tradition and clothes for girls and youngsters.

When it’s unfold that there’s a bakery open in our province, individuals will go from distant villages to purchase my merchandise. Then I spotted that it was time to increase my enterprise by opening extra shops round city. This implies hiring extra ladies and shopping for tools — like fridges to retailer and hold produce recent.

‘I needed to shut my enterprise’

Throughout these weeks, once I was planning my enlargement, the Taliban took over Afghanistan. I didn’t increase my enterprise; I needed to flip it off. The ladies I rent have misplaced their jobs – nearly everybody in my province has misplaced their jobs. Ladies face limitations in operating companies and dealing. Companies can barely survive when individuals lose their jobs and haven’t any buying energy, and when banks can not lend cash.

I’m heartbroken, however hopeful. I not too long ago reopened my enterprise and I’m engaged on a advertising plan to remain afloat. Now that extra households find out about my enterprise – and since ladies want a woman-friendly area greater than ever – I’m decided to make anniversaries, anniversaries, and household events enjoyable. memorable household by serving new cookies, muffins and pastries. My retailer shall be a spot for girls to come back collectively once more.”

* The names, places and course of occasions have been modified on this article for the protection of Afghan ladies’s human rights defenders.