When I started the pickle business in my village there were few people working with me and together we sold nearly 20 bottles a day in my village.
After working with AREDP, where we went to exhibitions, exposure visits to the National and Regional Markets and attended intense production trainings we are now selling 200 bottles in Kabul and Nangarhar on a daily basis.
I have increased my work force to 10 people due to increased demand.
Initially, I had no idea how to produce market oriented carpets and information on markets.
AREDP give me market exposure, took me to exhibitions in Kabul and international exposure visits to India, where I learnt how to do carpet business and which type of color combination is in demand.
Now I am the proud owner of large carpet weaving company. My business has significantly improved and I am selling to Herat, Kabul and international markets of Russia, America and Italy.
I used to grow saffron using traditional methods which were not very efficient and I was unable to make sufficient incomes.
While participating in AREDP’s vocational trainings and developed linkages with other participants during the training.
I have learnt how to properly grow, harvest, process and market saffron.
This has led to significant increase in my saffron production and doubled my income, while I have employed more staff.
“When we first started making chips we had a lot of problems. We neither have equipment and expertise to cook the chips nor was there a properly established linkages for selling our chips in the market.
AREDP has provided us the equipment, training and a direct link to 11 schools in Bamyan where we now have been contracted to supply 70kgs of potato chips on daily basis.”