Entrepreneurship and Job Creation
Empowering women to beat the odds
Meet Frozan, who has created a buzz around Marmul
A need for empowerment
As a student with plans to enrol in higher education, Frozan was already beating the odds. But a desire to empower herself economically told her not to stop there. After joining the Shogufa Self-Help Group run by Hand in Hand, Frozan attended regular meetings and supplemented her schoolwork with training on microfinance, bookkeeping and business development.
“I was keen to have a business from the first group meeting until I completed the business development training, when I understood how to run a business and what I should consider. Therefore, with the help of my trainer, I developed a business plan.”
Frozan carried out a study of her native Marmul district in Balkh Province, northern Afghanistan, and learnt that there was a high demand for honey. After further research, she discovered that beekeeping doesn’t require much labour – a perfect arrangement for a full-time student. Frozan applied for and obtained a microloan of 10,000 SFG (US $140) so that she could purchase two boxes of bees.
Within a year, she had harvested 16 kg (35 lbs) of honey, enough to not only repay her loan but earn a small profit. Frozan invested that back into her business by buying more bees and, within two years, posted earnings of 120,000 AFG (US $1,728) from the 120 kg (265 lbs) of honey produced by a collection of what had grown to 20 beehives.