My name is Ughul. I’m around 30 years old, but unsure of my exact age. Around 4 years ago we came back to Afghanistan from Pakistan. We includes myself, my husband and my four children. Before that we lived in a Turkmen settlement in Quetta in western Pakistan. The support I had from GIZ means I now work as a dressmaker and can support my family.
It began with me learning about the training opportunities offered by Better Makers Social Organization (BMSO). Some of our relatives had used these opportunities, and I also wanted to apply for a place. My aim was to train to be a dressmaker. It wasn’t easy convincing my husband and the other men in our family that it was the right thing to do. Most people living in our region near Mazar-e Sharif are returnees from Pakistan. Their way of life is very traditional: women don’t usually go out, they just do the chores in the house.