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Female carpet weavers in Kabul seek govt support

Female carpet weavers in Kabul seek govt support

Feb 27, 2018 - 21:06

KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of women associated with carpet weaving in capital Kabul have complained against low wages and say if the government supported the carpet industry, their lives could improve.

Nearly 80 women have been working in the textile factory of Bagrami east of Kabul. The working women say they work against 5,000 afghanis monthly salary to support their families.

Zuhal, one of the workers, who has been weaving carpets from the past four months, said economic problems forced her to weave carpets.

“I get 5,000 afghanis monthly including 1,000 afs for transport, 1,000 afs for daily food and the remaining 3,000 is left for the family,” she said.

She believed if the government supported the carpet industry, it would help improve their economic condition as well.

Naseema, another worker, said she had been working in the factory over the past two months. She was somehow satisfied with her work and said in two months they were able to complete a six metre carpet.

Razia Sadaat, manager of the carpet weaving women, said health standards at the factory were at par with international carpet weaving factories and their workers never faced any health issue.

Syed Abbas Sadaat, head of the Afghanistan Carpet Centre and Sales, said their purpose of carpet exhibitions in foreign countries was to introduce the product to the world and prevent other countries from taking advantage of the Afghanistan label.

He said all processing facilities of carpet production were available in the factory and currently around 80 women worked in the factory and the number might increase to 500.

Feroz Khan Masjadi, deputy director of the private sector development at the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, said the government supported all industries functioning under the required standards.

He said carpets remained the country’s major export and the government was conducting a scrutiny to do whatever was necessary for promoting the industry.

He added in the past due to some problems carpets were taken to Pakistan for processing.