News - Afghanistan
The Afghan Women's Business Federation (AWBF) has launched a training programme for female business owners to improve their access to donor funds aimed directly at supporting women's initiatives.
The AWBF programme titled "Improving Businesswomen's Access to Source of Funds" will initially train 60 businesswomen in Kabul over two 20-day phases. Plans are underway to also roll out the programme to female business owners in Balkh, Herat, Kandahar, and Uruzgan.
"We put together this programme to help women access the funds that flow to Afghanistan under their name, funds that they have until today not benefited from, whether it's loans with low interests or grants," said Guljan Zmarai, head of the AWBF.
Business owners in Kabul welcomed the programme.
"We want, not only for ourselves but for all our sisters to attend such programmes so that they can run their business well," one of the programme attendees told TOLOnews Sunday.
"Some of us have done business all this time but we haven't reached anywhere. For whatever business we did, we were left behind. But we hope the Federation will be able to do what it has assured," another Kabul business owner said.
The programme is being backed by the Faida Department at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).