Afghan, Pakistani female entrepreneurs share experiences at exhibition

PESHAWAR – Afghan women entrepreneurs and local women business owners shared their experiences at a rare one-day workshop and exhibition on Thursday.

The event for Afghan migrant women entrepreneurs was organized by Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP) and Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) with the support of UNHCR and UNHCR.

The event aimed to encourage collaboration between Afghan refugee women entrepreneurs and local counterparts to develop long-term livelihoods.

In this program, Girat Ahmedshov, head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mohammad Abbas, KP commissioner of Afghan refugees, Azra Jamshed, president of WCCI, Mohammad Ali Golfraz, CEO of Khyber Bank, representatives of First Women’s Bank, Investment and Trade Board of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, members of the delegation WCCI executives were present. , local communities and Afghan refugees.

WCCI President Azra Jamshed addressed the event and expressed hope that such events would bridge the gap between host and refugee communities and create opportunities for sustainable livelihoods.

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Mohammad Abbas, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commissioner for Afghan Refugees, stated that societies can achieve the true nature of social and economic development by allowing equal participation for women from all walks of life and reducing social barriers that act as glass ceilings. .

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Qirat Ahmadshov praised WCCI’s role in empowering women and encouraged such healthy events for the development of Afghan refugee women as they were facing harsh realities of life and desperately needed support from all stakeholders.

During the event, participants, especially Afghan refugee women entrepreneurs, were thoroughly educated on entrepreneurial mindsets and business modeling, financial literacy, and the importance of digital platforms in business expansion and development.

In addition to orientation, successful local women entrepreneurs shared their experiences with Afghan refugee women. Afghan women and local entrepreneurs displayed their handmade products in various booths, which included items related to hairdressing, artificial jewelry, handicrafts, home textile products and stone crafts.

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All the elders praised the products. SRSP Program Operations Manager Syed Aftab Ahmed thanked all the participants who later received badges and certificates.


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