For the first time in Herat province, businesswomen and girls have formed a permanent market called "Friday's Market" to help them advance in their careers.
They sell their handicrafts and other products on Fridays at a women's park in Herat.
"We wanted to show the world that there are no obstacles for women who want to do something and are driven to conduct business," said Nargis Hashemi, head of the Western Chamber of Commerce and Women's Industries.
One of the major challenges in their work is the non-export of their handicrafts to other countries. The sale of women's items in domestic marketplaces has also declined dramatically as a result of society's economic problems.
"We try to make the most of the creativity we have." We haven't given up yet. "We help as much as we can and ask the authorities to cooperate," said businesswoman Fahima Yousefi.
"Businesswomen's activities are improving, and we want it to be better than in the past twenty years," Sadiqa Saddiqyar, a businesswoman, stated.
Meanwhile, officials from the Herat Women's Chamber of Commerce and Industries said that women's activities and business have returned to normal.
According to the Herat Chamber of Commerce and Industries, more than 200 women and girls are officially involved in business in Herat. In addition, around 1,500 women and girls work unofficially, mainly in rural regions.
"Women became more hopeful, active, and inspired day by day when the chamber started activities," said Behnaz Saljoqi, a businesswoman.
Following the country's recent developments over the last year, businesswomen's activity in Herat has been unfavorable for several months. But now the ground has been prepared once again for the commercial activities of women and girls.
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