Hamida 21, grew up in Baghlan Province, Afghanistan. She never had the opportunity to go to school in her hometown. In December 2020, her family fled to Kabul due to conflict. When she learned about Blossom Hill Fellow Rahmatullah Hamraz’s literacy and vocational tailoring program, she convinced her family to allow her to attend after much insistence and persuasion. Hamida completed the program in May 2022. She received a sewing machine and business support from the program. She now runs her own tailoring business from her house.
She says: “Although, I was not sure if I can become literate and a tailor in one year, I started. I couldn’t dream that I would become what I am now. I am not that Hamida. Now, I have a business in my house. I earn money with which I help my family buy food and I support my little brother by buying notebooks and pens for school. I also help others in my house learn to sew. My family is really happy for me”.
Hamida is hopeful other girls in her situation will get such opportunities. “There are so many girls with no opportunities, I hope their situation will change. I hope opportunities will come their way. Without your program, I couldn’t even dream of what I am doing now. I am really thankful.”