> Bakhtnazera another jewel

>When we first met Bakhtnazera, she was living in a 3-room apartment with 14 others, and had been earning $50/month teaching part-time. Bpeace helped her apply for a program with CARE, and Bakhtnazera now runs a ready-to-wear shop in Kabul, supervising a workshop of 30 widows. She has been able to move her family into an apartment of their own. She is one of Afghanistan's "fast runner" businesswomen we want to encourage. We believe in expanding the skills of top-tier Afghan businesswomen like Bakhtnazera, because they are in the best position to hire others. A year later Bakhtnazera and her husband, Hanagha, were seen in their shop bursting with pride of ownership and accomplishment. This picture reinforces the powerful work that is being done in Afghanistan." Today, volunteers continue to mentor Bakhtnazera, and are helping her expand into the home décor market to take advantage of the construction boom in Kabul. This is my first time to see Bakhtnazera since meeting her in NY two summers ago. She has been studying english 6 days a week and her communication has improved greatly. This will help her excel in this culture as well as help her with her US mentors and vendors who are beginning to place orders. She also mentioned to us that she has joined the Afghan Business Womans Association and will be at
an Exibition this Sunday which we will visit. She also was active on the team to obtain sponsors and funding for the exhibition.

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