Recently, women have achieved much success on handicrafts’ production, but they ask for the government support to further improve their activities.
Sana production project chairwoman, Roya said, “We are running a small project names ‘Sana’, aims to produce nine types of productions such as jam, pickle, etc.”
The project is running by women, a number of whom are disabled or martyrs’ families, she further said.
Besides jam and pickle, we produce Badakhshi cookies, she added.
It is a matter of pleasure that we own supply the productions to market, she said, adding we are not being supported by any agency and are self-reliant, she went on to say.
There are 15 women working in our project, she continued.
She said, “I am an Afghan woman and have never thought myself to be a loser and would keep doing without any fear.”
Soon, we will run a big project if god willing, she added.
We provide the raw materials from Kabul and after process, supply it to market, she pointed out.
We don’t use new plastic bottles, and it is one of our main problems, she said.
We use used-bottles, but we first wash them completely, she said, adding we want to supply high-quality productions to market.
She said, “The processing and packaging processes are being done with primary tools and we hope to soon run a big project with modern machineries so to recruit more women.”
We plan to provide any types of Afghani local foods in near future through which we would display the women talents and keep our country’s productions alive, she said.
Our next plan is to provide advanced machineries so to fame our productions worldwide, she added.
An in-charge of the project, Najim Ishaq said, “At first, we didn’t have anything, and started our work with hand and then a company names Rods, led by Dr. Nemat has improved our activities and today, we produce fifty types of handicrafts.”
We hire destitute and jobless women as well as those suffer narcotics so to help them stand on their feet on one hand and expand our works on the other, she further said.
Currently, ten women cooperate with us in term of production and some women bring their hand-made items to this organ and those who are newly recruited, would be trained for one week free of charge, she added.
We have held two handicrafts exhibitions so far, in Habibullah Zazai Park and in National Gallery, where many of our works had been sold worth 300 up to 3000 afghanis, Mr. Ishaq said.
This is while that most of women are trying to somehow economically help their households, but they ask for the government’s support in this regard.