The annual India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan draws entrepreneurs not just from within India but from different parts of the world, too. One such international visitor at the ongoing fair is Nadia Yousfzai from Afghanistan.
“I’ve come for the second time to the fair. I see great business opportunity here. My products are selling like hot cakes. Apart from nuts and handicraft, I have got Afghani gowns, which women here like very much,” says the 39-year-old as she sits at the stall with her young daughter, Sana.
A college graduate, she says that things were not always easy for her family. “I wanted to be a doctor when I was young but after the war in Kabul, we had to move to Pakistan. It was a tough time, but later when I came back [to Kabul], I completed a course in computers.”
Nadia now runs her own handicrafts and knitting company and is president of the Businesswomen Entrepreneur Association in Kabul. “We always have to wear burqa. The area where I have my company and sell products, men are not allowed inside the premises. Only boys upto 10 years can accompany their mothers,” she informs.
This entrepreneur’s business plans are not limited to making money; she believes in being a responsible citizen, too. “When I came to know that the school dress of children is imported from Pakistan, I decided to knit it in my company,” she informs.
As far as Delhi is concerned, she says, “I’ve seen a couple of places here, like Malviya Nagar and Connaught Place…I really like the city.” With a promise to come back next year, she gets busy with customers, talking to them in fluent Hindi, and not giving in to their bargaining please.