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Making history, Jalalabad municipality hires poor women

Making history, Jalalabad municipality hires poor women

Jan 21, 2018 - 15:56

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): For the first time in eastern Nangarhar province, the municipality has hired destitute and widowed women for cleanliness in the provincial capital, Jalalabad.

Provincial Municipality spokesman Syed Humayoon Gharibmal told Pajhwok Afghan News currently 12 women, mostly widows, were hired to keep roads and streets clean.

He said the women were appointed under the USAID funded Clean and Green Cities program, with each worker earning 400 afghanis daily. 

Younis Shenwari, the project in-charge, assured the number of women workers would be increased in order to enable them to support their families and clean the city.

An elderly woman, who newly joined the municipality job, said every grey-haired woman in the country had gone through bitter realities and problems in life, but now their hope for a good life had increased.

Another woman, Habiba, said her son was an Afghan National Army (ANA) officer who was killed in a clash with militants. Her son left behind three children and their mother. The elderly woman urged the government to create more job opportunities for poor women in order to mitigate their sufferings.