Restaurant run by women opens in Baghlan province

TMP – 20/09/2017

A restaurant entirely run by a group of 20 local women recently opened its doors in northern Baghlan province in Afghanistan. The women hope that the restaurant, and the job opportunities it provides, can have a positive impact on the household economy of women in the province.

“We have built this restaurant from our personal budget. Women are encouraged to visit this place and learn from our experiences. We hope that [the] government will come forward and support us to expand our business,” Geeti, the owner of the restaurant, said.

“This is a positive move. Many families will not allow women to visit restaurants run by men. All the workers are women in this restaurant, therefore women can feel comfortable here,” said Gulalai Wahab, a chef at the restaurant.

Women are responsible for every part of the restaurant – from cooking to cleaning and washing the dishes. Activists in Baghlan think the restaurant can have a positive impact in discouraging violence against women by providing women with a source of income.

“This is a good chance for women to work and have an income for their family,” said Shaima, a waitress at the restaurant.
The first all-women restaurant in Afghanistan, the Barana Café, was established in Kabul in 2015. It has since become a successful business.