Bibi Khadija Awardees Biography

Farm Drukhshan Balkh Poultry LTD

Diana Hashimizada, President

Ms. Diana Hashemzada is the President of Drukhshan-e-Balkh Poultry Farm LTD. She was born in 1984 in Balkh province. She has a bachelor degree in English literature from Balkh University. Ms. Hashemzada officially started her business by establishing Drukhshan-e-Balkh factory in 2011 in poultry sector which produce manure and provides poultry services. Drukhshan-e-Balkh factory was established with an investment of more than 30000 USD by Ms. Diana and the factory produces around 10,000 chickens, 52 tons of manure and provides poultry services.

Along with focus on her business activities, Ms. Diana has always been a supportive woman to other girls to start a business especially in the poultry sector. Furthermore, more than 500 people where 120 were women have received training in poultry by Drukhshan-e-Balkh Company. Ms. Diana says: poultry companies is working with a great passion and commitment, and this has led the sector to a good self-sufficiency in comparison to other economic sectors and can meet the need of the country’s market. Ms. Hashimzada expresses the reason behind her recognition through this award is her business in aviculture which is thought to be a male dominated sector. And her business is an innovative one and she has been working in this sector formally for 9 years.

Ms. Samira Sadat, the President of Saaf Sutra Cleaning Company, born in 1985, is a graduate of Political Science from Ibn Sina University and has 15 years of work experience in the field of journalism on economic issues.

Saaf Sutra Cleaning Company:

  • Province: Kabul
  • Established in: 2018
  • Initial Capital: AFN 30,000
  • Services: Cleaning and gardening services for homes and offices.
  • Employee No.: Twenty individuals

Future Plan:

  • Equipped the company with more and advanced vacuum cleaners and electric machinery for better cleaning services of floors, carpets, windows in offices and houses.

Challenges and suggestions:

  • Challenge: Marketing problems, misbehavior towards our workers
  • Proposal: Introduction of women the company to different governmental and non-governmental organizations to get their cleaning services from Saaf Sutra company

Award Category: Started an innovative venture

Ms. Hasina Zaeefi, the President of Akam Azami Company, born in 1990, has a master’s degree in International Relations and Administrative Diplomacy and has five years of work experience.

 

Akaam Zaeefi Company:

  • Province: Kabul
  • Established in: 2018
  • Initial Capital: USD 600,0000
  • Services: Processing 16 types of dry and fresh fruits, and Saffron, and it has recently started to dry and process watermelon and pomegranates.
  • Employee No. 16

Future Plan:

  • Buy machinery with higher capacity for processing more fruit for exports

Challenges and suggestions:

  • Challenge: Security problems for fruits imported from other cities of the country, women having exports to foreign countries in governmental organizations.
  • Suggestion: To standardize women’s businesses, change people’s way of thinking and mindset towards women’s capabilities and working women.

Award Category: Started an innovative venture

Ms. Kamela Sultani is the director of Jaghori Radio, born in 1334. She graduated from Kabul University with a degree in Pharmacy and has 17 years of work experience.

Jaghori Radio:

  • Province: Ghazni
  • Established in: 2004
  • Initial Capital: AFN 250,000
  • Services: Provides informative Islamic, Agricultural radio sessions, and advertises NGO’s adds.
  • Employee No. 8

Future Plan:

  • To expand radio frequency all over the country

Challenges and suggestions:

  • Challenge: Electricity problem as the operations are with generator and fuel increases the costs
  • Suggestion: To provide radio a solar panel for electricity and increase the trans to 3000 KW in order to increase radio operation hour.
  • To encourage people towards education via radio programs.

Award Category: Has entered the male-dominant sector

 

Ms. Malalai Mobarez, the Founder of MMA Cafe Plus in Jawzjan province, is the graduate of economics from Amir Ali Shirvani Private University.

Banuan Restaurant:

  • Province: Jawzjan
  • Established in: 2018
  • Initial Capital: AFN 45000
  • Services: Coffee, fast food, beverages, fruit juice, tea, Baghlava, cakes and cookies
  • Employee No. 8

Future Plan:

  • To expand her restaurant into a mall where women can have access to other accessories

Challenges and Proposals:

  • Challenge: People’s negative mindset towards women owned businesses
  • Suggestion: Support of government entities to women owned businesses

Award Category: Has entered the male dominant sector

Ms. Suraya Noori, President of Etemad Handicraft Company, a graduate of Law from Malalai Private University, has 18 years of work experience in the weaving and knitting

Etemad Company:

  • Province: Balkh
  • Established in: 2013
  • Initial Capital: AFN 50,000
  • Products: knitted dresses and clothes for women, children and men, gloves, and socks
  • Employee No. 12

Future Plan:

  • To expand her business and open branches in other cities of Afghanistan.

Challenges and Proposals:

  • Challenge: Lack of appropriate markets to sell our products, and high cost of raw materials
  • Proposal: Women shall strive to take part in family economy and expose their abilities to the society

Award Category: Has started a service business for other women and women business owners.

Ms. Maria Azami, President of Banowan Samangan Handicraft Company, born in Samangan, has 27 years of experience in the field of business.

Banowan Samangan Handicraft Company:

  • Province: Samangan
  • Established in: 2013
  • Initial Capital: AFN 10,000
  • Products: Afghan traditional Cloths, Formal and Informal Suits, Seasonal Cloths, Classic Bags
  • Employee No.: 12

Future Plan:                                             

  • Establish a service center for women with production and literacy departments

Challenges and Proposals:

  • Challenge: Security issues
  • Proposal: Special attention should be paid to women by the government to use their abilities effectively

Award Category: Has run her business successfully for more than 5 years

 

Ms. Suraya Ahmadi, the President of Derakhshan Shamal Company, born in 1971, is a graduate of English Literature.

Durukhshan Shamal Company:

  • Province: Balkh
  • Established in: 2013
  • Initial Capital: AFN 5,000
  • Services: Processing Dry Fruits
  • Employee No. 50

Future Plan:

  • Standardize the processing to international level, start exports to European Countries, opening branches in all cities of Afghanistan, get international standardization certificate

Challenges and Proposals:

  • Challenge: Lack of Enough Capital, standardized machineries, and international exhibitions
  • Proposal: All women got their natural and unique talents, they can start a business to reflect and present their skills

Award Category: Has created more jobs

Ms. Suraya Daqiq, the President of Saffron Gohar Naz Agricultural and Livestock Company, born in 1985, is a graduate of Economics, Department of Management and Enterprise Management. She is married and has one daughter and three sons.

Saffron Gohar Naz Agricultural and Livestock Company:

  • Province: Herat
  • Established in: 2019
  • Initial Capital: AFN 1,000,000
  • Services: Production and Process of Saffron
  • Employee No.: 50 Seasonal Workers

Future Plan:

  • The company plans to grow and expand in the future to harvest greenhouse saffron twice a year and also to find international markets for cosmetic products abroad, such as soaps, shampoo and facial masks.

Challenges and Proposals:

  • Challenge: Lack of access to the international market and export of the product
  • Proposal: Support to participate in international market in order to sell quality products in other countries and create more jobs

Award Category: Has created more jobs

Ms. Homaira Azimi, the President of Maleka Suraya Restaurant, born in 1981, graduated from Dari language and literature and is currently studying Law and Political Science at the University of Gharjistan. She has 18 years of working experience. She is married and has three daughters and three sons.

Malika Suraya Restaurant:

  • Province: Farah
  • Established in: 1981
  • Initial Capital: AFN 10,00,000
  • Services: all kinds of drinks, refreshments, fast food according to the customer’s order, food program orders from government agencies
  • Employee No.: 10

Future Plan:

  • Expansion of the restaurant, improving the quality of products, providing on-time services, establishment of

Challenges and Proposals:

  • Lack of financial support from government and non-government agencies, lack of loans without interest, lack of restaurant culture in the community, lack of a suitable and permanent place to provide better services.
  • Solution: Financial support and changing the mindset of the people towards women businesses.

Award Category: Has entered the male dominant sector

 

Ms. Ghezala Noori, the Vice-President of Bit Afzar Technology Services Company, born in 2016 and graduated from Computer Science Faculty.

Bit Afzar Technology Services Company:

  • Province: Herat
  • Established in: 2016
  • Initial Capital: USD 10,0000
  • Services: hardware, repair of all home appliances, entertainment equipment such as games, audio and video equipment, laptops, desktops, copiers, installation of security cameras, air conditioning and other equipment to private companies, government agencies and the public. Other activities of the company include field projects for companies, including network system, fire alarm, fire extinguishing, internal communication system, conference rooms and security cameras.
  • Employee No. 7

Future Plan: creating new parts of work that needs buying new IT equipment.

Challenges and Proposals:

  • Challenge: Lack of sufficient financial resources for significant growth and development of businesses
  • Suggestion: Support to women owned businesses particularly the ones in technology and more investment facilities for women to start a business

Award Category:

Ms. Maryam Sheikh, the owner of the Herat Women Silk Production Company, born in 1995, and is a management student at the Harry Kardan Institute.

Best in Tech Technology Services Company:

  • Province: Herat
  • Established in: 2016
  • Initial Capital: AFN 200,000
  • Services: Manufacturing Company are in the field of silkworm training, silk production, dyeing, processing and weaving of silk fabrics, scarves, handkerchiefs, weaving of cotton pieces such as blankets, handkerchiefs, canvas pieces.
  • Employee No. 270

Future Plan: increasing the number of female employees to make education favorable for their children.

Challenges and Proposals:

  • Challenge: lack of security, political and cultural atmosphere, and the lack of international markets
  • Proposal: Government shall facilitate cooperation in the field of mechanization of access to international markets and encourage donors to grow and develop the long-standing silk industry.

Award Category: Started an innovative venture and has created more jobs

 

 

Ms. Sediqa Sediq is the founder of Ladies Educational and Artistic Community in Helmand province.

  • Province: Helmand
  • Establish year: 1394
  • Initial capital: 100,000 AFN
  • Business Activity: Ladies Restaurant, Tailoring Shop and Vocational Training Center, Beauty Parlor and Beautification Training Center, Learning Academy.

Future plan:

  • Spreading of sewing factory and institution.

Challenges and Suggestions:

  • Security issues, government coordination due to afghan businesswomen, especially in patriarchy and less improved provinces.

Award Category: Has started a service business for other women and women business owners

 

Ms. Razia Haidari is the founder of Negin Asia Embroidery and Handicraft Company, and Armaghan Jam factory in Kandahar province.

  • Establish year: 2013
  • Province: Kandahar
  • Initial capital: AFN 50000
  • Products: Embroidered clothes, Handicrafts and Jam
  • Employee No.: 35

Future plans:

  • Export of products overseas, creating employment opportunity and contributing to the economic prosperity of Afghanistan.

Challenges and suggestions: Access to land (Industrial Park), Technical and Financial Support of government and nongovernment organizations

Award Category: Has started a service business for other women and women business owners

Ms. Lida Ahmadi is the owner of a herbal soap production company. She has a bachelor degree in Chemistry from Kabul University. After working in different fields, she finally decided to start her own business.

  • Province: Kabul
  • Year of establish: 2019
  • Type of Production: Fairness or Beauty (Face) Soap
  • Employee No.: 7

Future plans:

  • Professional Vocational Training and present Better Quality Products to the market

Challenges and Suggestions:

  • Negative Impacts of impatience of financial supporters.
  • Preference to domestic products and
  • being patient until a business is successful.

Award Category: Has entered the male dominant sectors