Shakila, from Kabul who has been in a bad financial situation, having to support a family of eight children. “I have been looking for a way to improve this situation”. She started with carpet weaving, a craft she learnt when she was very young. Carpet weaving is both a passion for Shakila as well as a way to feed her family. Now, it is the only source of her income and she has been doing it for the past 23 years.
“Four years I ago, I met Ms. Alieh, a loan officer in “T-O-I Affiliate in Afghanistan” though a relative. I took a loan to expand my small source of income. With the aid of this money, the carpet weaving turned into a business for me. I could purchase a bigger weaving machine and enough material.”
“The loan helped me to stay independent. My daughters also started learning and working with me and developing this skill to later start their own business.“