HERAT: After months of delay, the Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry resumed its activities in the western province of Herat.
Officials at the chamber said they will attempt to provide facilities for women’s activities.
“Since the chamber is now reopened and it has resumed activities, other women are encouraged. The women who suspended their business activities, they will resume them again,” said Bahnaz Saljoqi, a member of the chamber.
According to the Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the activities of women traders has increased.
A female entrepreneur in Herat called on the government and international organizations to provide support as they have suffered severe economic challenges.
“Every woman you see here is the breadwinner for her family,” said Aqila Rahimi, a female entrepreneur.
Local officials in Herat said that they have provided all types of facilities for women entrepreneurs.
“We are announcing any type of possible assistance including visas and the exporting of products,” said Mohammad Zubair Deen Parwar, head of the provincial department of Commerce and Industry.
There are a total of 130 members in the Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Herat. Based on available figures, dozens of women entrepreneurs left Afghanistan following the recent political changes in the country.
According to the department of Commerce and Industry, more than 1,500 women are engaged in business in Herat.