My name is Ahmad. I'm 21 years old and come from Afghanistan, but spent a large part of my childhood in Iran. We only came back to Afghanistan as a family in 2011. Since then, we had always struggled with financial difficulties but now it’s different, partly thanks to help from the Better Makers Social Organization (BMSO).
The BMSO gave me training as a pipe fitter, and now that’s my career. It gives me security, because pipe fitters are always needed, especially in the Afghan construction industry. I also made new friends and connections during the training. We try to support each other wherever we can.
Our family had long ago emigrated to Iran because of the war in Afghanistan. My memories of that time are very vague, though, because I was still very young. What I do remember is that we weren’t really able to improve our living conditions in Iran. We weren’t allowed to start our own business, for example. Despite that, we stayed in Iran for a long time because we felt safer there, and because we were afraid of the war in our home country.