Fakhria Nezami was born in Pakistan where she completed her primary school education. When the Taliban’s regime collapsed in 2001, she returned to her native home in Afghanistan to continue her education. Interested in art, she decided to join the Turquoise Mountain Institute where she studied calligraphy, illumination (Islamic design), and miniature painting from 2010 to 2013. Throughout her studies, she realized not only did she have a talent for this art, but she could express her heritage and culture through these skill-intensive crafts.
Abdul Ghaffar Alaich, CEO of Kerki Weavers Kerki Weavers was founded in 2002 out of a refugee camp in Pakistan. After a year, they moved their new business to Peshawar where they could lease a shop and serve more customers. They showcased their first collection to customers and were able to sell in the Pakistani markets. Our buyers really loved the high quality of Kerki’s woven carpets, so with that as concept validation, they decided they had good enough products to start a business.
Masooda Sherdil Kohistani who established a company for herself in 2015 that does jewelry which is specifically lapis jewelries. Lajaward jewelry tends to work with females because Masooda herself is a female who started the company and that’s how she wants to help and promote women doing this wonderful work. Lajaward Jewelry is designed to work in two parts, training and production; The new recruiters of the company will be trained for a period of time and then getting them into production phase. Currently, there are three females working along Masooda that help her doing the job.
Mohsina Saqeb, owner and founder of Jama-e- Saqeb Handicraft Production Company (Jama Design) has always wanted to use her education and love of design to make an impact. Following the completion of her Master’s in Business Administration and experience in a number of NGOs, she started her company in January 2017. Mohsina has always wanted to serve Afghanistan, especially women by providing them employment opportunities and training in sewing and design. Very quickly, the business progressed well, from only two tailors to now more than 33 staff members, 65% who are women, both in production and support departments.
Mustafa Ahmadi Poor
Mustafa-Ahmadi-Poor, CEO of Kerki Weavers founded in 2013, a startup by four fresh graduates and young professionals with limited amount of investment who entered the market without having any prior experience, lack of marketing skills and the “know-how” of market competition. Going through really hard times, fortunately getting their first project of $10000 of making furniture for Ferozkoh office provided them the opportunity to prove themselves as unique producers.
Zahra Kazemi, founder of the Women Weavers of Bamyan has owned her handcrafting business since the times of Taliban regime. Running a business as a woman at that time was really challenging. Her business held on for two years and then was eventually destroyed by the Taliban. After her business was forced to end, she immigrated to Pakistan and got married there. After working for four years from home, she moved back to Afghanistan.