On the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr, a two day exhibition of women’s handcrafts opened in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul where dozens of Afghan women are showcasing their work including dresses, shoes and jewelry.
One stall alone is showcasing 300 different items from women in Bamiyan.
Women who have participated at such events in the past have said that so far they have exhibited their products in several countries including Tajikistan and India.
Zahra Kazmi is an Afghan woman who is an expert in the field of handicrafts. She settled in Bamiyan province fourteen years ago and has provided job opportunities to at least three hundred women.
Kazmi was trained in Turkey where she learned business management and started her business with only 18,000 Pakistani rupees.
“I have trained them (the women) and taught them how to make goods, I take them the material and they use it; the majority of them are illiterate women, but they have become self-reliant through their work and they are very happy,” said Kazmi.
Also on display at the expo are handcrafts made by schoolgirls.