KABUL: Women working in restaurants and coffee shops are scrambling with economical challenges as many public facilities remain closed for the past one month after the fall of Kabul to the Islamic Movement of the Taliban.
Niki Tabasom, a coffee shop owner said that she made a coffee shop to provide job opportunities for some vulnerable Afghan women, but now all of those women are jobless as the coffee shop stopped service.
She invested one million dollars in the coffee shop. All of the staff were female, according to her. “Since the Taliban come to power, it (coffee shop) was closed,” she added. “My colleagues and I become jobless.”
She said that those families supported by women face economical challenges. Head of the shopkeepers association, Noorulhaq Omari said that many women entrepreneurs faced financial loss after the collapse of the former government. “All sections belong to the women, unfortunately, they lost their jobs,” he added. “In some cases, they sold their expensive appliances with a cheap prices.”