As a young girl, Alema’s future was full of possibilities. She had a wonderful family and was soon to be married to her fiancé. But as conflict in Afghanistan escalated, things took a turn for the worse. Her fiancé was killed, caught in one of the many battles of that period, and her father died shortly after. Heartbroken, Alema never again thought of marriage.
Today, at the age of 30, she lives with her brother. But being single, never deterred her resolve to be independent. For years, she worked as a clothes cutter with tailors, sometimes even working for free, just to be able to develop expertise in dressmaking.
She had dreamed of setting up her own dress shop. That dream was brought to reality after she joined Zardozi. Already a master tailor, Zardozi helped Alema improve her skills, as well as, supporting her to gain skills in business management.
In February, 2016, a proud Alema inaugurated her own shop with four simple sewing machines and one advanced overlock machine. Her friends at Zardozi were by her side that day to support this new venture in her life. Her little shop already has a number of clients from the markets nearby.
Once again, Alema’s future is full of possibilities.