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Women entrepreneurs underscored market challenges at an exhibition between Afghanistan and Iran

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Kabul: Female entrepreneurs raised concerns about the limited market opportunities for their products at a collaborative Afghanistan-Iran exhibition. They stressed the necessity for more exhibitions to expand market prospects for their merchandise. The exhibition, held at the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel, featured approximately 30 entrepreneurs showcasing Iranian goods and provided a platform for female entrepreneurs to exhibit their handmade items.

It was reported that half of the stalls were managed by women who had been deprived of education by the Taliban. Hamira, a former student, stated, I was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering but had to stop attending university. So, I began a small business with my sister selling handmade products.

Sana, another participant, turned to entrepreneurship after being prohibited from attending school, stating, “After my education was cut short, I started making Achar (a traditional pickle) with an initial investment of 3,000 AFN and have since developed a successful business.”

The three-day event, commencing on Friday, provided Iranian vendors with an advantageous opportunity to enter the Afghan market. Mohammad Ali Madadi, an Iranian merchant, expressed optimism about the market reception: This inaugural joint exhibition for Afghans and Iranians in Afghanistan has opened up a great market for us.

While trade between Afghanistan and Iran has increased, the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Investment reported that Afghanistan’s exports to Iran are at their lowest level.

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