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Virus Wipes Away [Female] Afghan Toilet-Paper Maker’s Expansion Plans

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AFP, 20 April 2020

The story of a “rare female face in Afghanistan’s male-dominated business world,” Zuhal Atmar talks about the odds of her business, also beyond the Corona crisis:

“To get a loan, you need a guarantor, a business partner, and of course collateral,” she said. “Women don’t usually have access to any of this — men have better networks and in most cases, family property goes to sons, not daughters, so there’s no collateral.” (…)

When the government imposed the lockdown to stop the spread of infections last month, she promptly approached local hospitals offering to barter their waste paper for surplus masks she had purchased before the crisis hit. “But the discussions didn’t go anywhere,” she said ruefully. (…)