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Self-employed as a mobile phone repair technician

Ein Mann repariert ein Handy.
A service in demand: Parviz now provides a mobile phone repair service after completing his training at BMSO.

My name is Parviz. I was born in Afghanistan in 1985 and I'm back living here again now. In 2012 I fled to Germany, but I came back voluntarily four years later. Here in Afghanistan I was able to attend training to become a mobile phone repair technician. Now I have my own little shop in the centre of Mazar-e Sharif. My family and I are really happy to be together again and I also got married in the meantime.

Back in 2012 I got into serious trouble here in Afghanistan, so I didn’t see any other option but to leave the country. There was war, violence and conflict. I certainly felt safer in Germany, but I didn’t have any prospects. I couldn’t work there, so I couldn’t really enjoy life. I returned to Afghanistan in 2016 when the situation had stabilised a bit. I'd missed my family a lot, and I didn’t want to be on my own any more.

Five months of theoretical and practical training

While I was in Germany, I learned that the International Organisation for Migration (shortened to IOM) helps people who want to go back to Afghanistan. So I registered with the IOM, and shortly after that they helped me to travel back home. The IOM also gave me financial support to start my business and they helped me with advice. This included being referred to the Better Makers Social Organization (BMSO), where I decided to apply for a training place.


A few weeks later, the BMSO invited me for an interview. The advisors suggested different careers to me, like pipe layer, for example. I decided to train as a mobile phone repair technician. The training lasted around five months and was divided between theory and practice. The BMSO also gave me and the other participants some training in life skills. That helps us to deal better with whatever life throws at us and to move our business forward with confidence. I opened my own shop after finishing my training course and now I can support my family. That’s the most important thing for me.

As of: 12/2020

The opportunities for advice and assistance described here are offered as part of “Returning to New Opportunities”.

My family and I are really happy to be together again.