Busy bees turn Afghan schoolgirl into an entrepreneur

Busy bees turn Afghan schoolgirl into an entrepreneur

AFGHANISTAN  – In war-torn Afghanistan, honey is thought to be a standard cure-all however for one schoolgirl, the sticky commodity has additionally created candy alternatives to work and personal a enterprise in a rustic the place few girls achieve this.

Three years in the past, Frozan, now 19-years-old, obtained a small mortgage, purchased two beehives and discovered about apiculture from Hand in Hand Worldwide, a non-governmental group that focuses on poverty.
The bees collected nectar from flowers rising close to her dwelling within the Marmul district within the northern Balkh province. Their first harvest produced about 16kg (35lb) of honey, which enabled Frozan to pay again her mortgage and nonetheless have cash left over.
She now has 12 beehives and final yr collected 110kg of honey, which earned her 100,000 Afghanis ($1,450) in a rustic the place GDP per capita is simply about $600.

“The village I reside in is a standard village and girls usually are not allowed to work outdoors,” says Frozan, who goes by one title. “However once I began beekeeping I noticed that it’s a simple process. I instructed the folks about beekeeping after which they accepted it.”
For the reason that fall of the Taliban in 2001, the lives and standing of girls in society have improved considerably. However traditions, insecurity and not too long ago a decline in worldwide donors, have slowed progress.

A Human Rights Watch report, quoting authorities officers, says 85 % of the three.5 million youngsters who don’t go to high school are ladies. Solely 37 % of adolescent ladies are literate in contrast with 66 % of adolescent boys.

Frozan is now in her remaining yr of faculty and wish to research economics and develop her enterprise, objectives that will now be potential for her and her three siblings because of her earnings stream.
She says taking care of tens of hundreds of bees can simply be performed between research and family chores and her father, Ismail, who’s a farmer like a lot of Marmul’s inhabitants, helps his daughter’s enterprise.
“It has been my dream to have a daughter who may discover a job like this and make a future for herself,” he says.
Each few weeks, Ismail takes the contemporary honey to Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, greater than 50km away, the place it’s offered to outlets and consumed primarily by native clients.
Whereas trade knowledge is scant, native media citing authorities officers say Afghanistan’s honey manufacturing has risen in recent times, hitting 2,000 tonnes in 2015. A number of varieties comparable to acacia, almond flower, and basil at the moment are accessible.
Nevertheless, infrastructure constraints imply most of this honey by no means leaves Afghanistan.
Reporting By Abdul Saboor in Kabul; Writing by Masako Iijima in Singapore; Enhancing by Sam Holmes