The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) said that its charity fund has been eliminated and that the traders are individually providing aid to people in need.
The ACCI didn’t provide details about the scale of the aid provided by businesspeople.
“First, the number of traders and investors has dropped, and on the other hand, they are donating individually,” said Khanjan Alokozai, a member of the ACCI.
Ramadan comes as the UN estimated that 28.3 million people need various types of humanitarian assistance at different levels.
TOLOnews reach out to several vulnerable residents of Kabul, who are struggling with economic difficulties.
Karimullah, 45, is working on a Kabul street. He carries various items to sell in a wheelbarrow.
Karimullah said that he is not able to provide food for his family at the time of Iftar.
“There is no good food. I had tea with bread for the (early breakfast),” Karimullah told TOLOnews.
Meanwhile, residents of Kabul called on the Islamic Emirate to consider the situation of vulnerable people.
“Today was the first day of Ramadan. I eat bread with tea… I call on the traders to provide aid in the holy month of Ramadan,” said Ali Madad, a resident of Kabul.
“This is a holy month of Ramadan. However, we don’t have food for Iftar and Sahr (breakfast),” Abdullah, a resident of Kabul.
The ACCI in previous years was distributing food materials to the vulnerable people during the holy month of Ramadan but its officials said that there is no plan for this yet.