An Afghan woman who launched an internet service provider company in Kabul two years agohas said to Tolo News that she is hoping to expand her business outside of the capital city, to cover all 34 provinces in Afghanistan. Two years ago she invested $200,000 USD in her start-up company, Fiber Sat, when she decided to join the legions of entrepreneurs who are slowly helping to develop the country.
From the article:
"The number of women in the business sector has grown in recent years and hundreds now have companies and factories around the country... A number of economic commentators have said if government supports investors in the country, more people, especially women, would become financially independent."
It's worth noting that the article uses only her first name - and it's very likely that name is a pseudonym. In Afghanistan, it's not only dangerous to post your name online, especially if you are a woman, it's also dangerous for people to know you are a successful business owner. A nonprofit I have worked with can't widely and openly promote the successes of the entrepreneurs in Afghanistan that it supports, for instance, because one of their entrepreneurs had a family member kidnapped for ransom as a result - the entire family now lives abroad.
Here is the company on Facebook.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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