Introducing Zardozi’s New Executive Director – Homa Usmany
Zardozi is pleased to welcome Homa Usmany as our new Executive Director. Usmany brings with her tremendous experience of working with governmental and international projects and organisations in Afghanistan.
Usmany holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Public Administration from the prestigious American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). Apart from this, she also has a PMP certification, and Diploma in Business Administration from Afghan Canadian Community Center (ACCC). Usmany’s business education is further bolstered with her practical experience of running her own tailoring and handicraft business called Hareer.
“I enjoy working with and for women in rural communities. Having been one of them, I understand their challenges very well,” said Usmany who hails from Kandahar province and worked her way through hardships to becoming a successful social entrepreneur.
Her commitment towards women’s economic and social empowerment is evident in the many initiatives she has undertaken including the establishment of the Afghan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI), first ever of its kind in the country. “I believe that through hard work and self confidence no challenge is too big to overcome,” she said, encouraging more women to believe in themselves.
Usmany considers being part of AWCCI, formerly known as Leading Entrepreneurs for Afghanistan’s Development (LEAD), as her greatest achievement. “If I can contribute in bringing even one woman out of dependency, I will be able to sleep well, and it is with this hope that I come to Zardozi,” she added.