Female Entrepreneurs in Afghanistan Inspire Hope by Starting Their Own Businesses

May 23, 2017

Mariyam Omerkhil in her office at Zartaw Viewing Company in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Sonia Azatyar / Truthdig)

Mariyam Omerkhil is an Afghan who doesn’t conform to society’s expectations. After completing her degree in literature, Omerkhil has worked to become a businesswoman.

Despite many obstacles, she now runs Zartaw Viewing Company in Kabul. The private company, whose main products are Afghan dresses (both traditional garb and modern dresses made in Afghanistan), has nine employees and one female representative in each of the country’s 34 provinces.

Omerkhil’s goal is to strengthen and sustain women’s economic status throughout the country. But she knows most women do not have the option to follow her path.