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Zolaykha Sherzad: Businesswoman, Artist & Humanitarian

By Zuhra Abhar

Zolaykha Sherzad is a humanitarian and artist who created Zarif Design (, producing stunning jackets, clothing and bags that reinterpret traditional Afghan materials and art to render elegant modern fashion.

“I see myself as both an artist and businesswoman – using the arts as a mean to empower people economically, but also to give them the confidence and the pride they need to rebuild their society. The production of ZD is not based on money and profit only. The initial drive for starting Zarif was not just to sell jackets – it was to use fashion as a way to highlight the rich cultural heritage and honor the workmanship of the artisans and bring people together by creating a peaceful and constructive environment.”
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Hassina Sherjan, a successful Afghan businesswoman and civil society leader

By Zuhra Abhar

Hassina Sherjan, a successful Afghan businesswoman and civil society leader, has dedicated most of her life for her beloved country and women of Afghanistan. Hassina states, “I fulfilled my dream of contributing to the rebuilding of my country” by establishing the Aid Afghanistan for Education ( and the Boumi Company ( Continue reading »

Boumi Company in Afghanistan

By Zuhra Abhar

Hassina Sherjan, founder of the Boumi Company (, is an Afghan businesswoman who always aimed to build a successful business while creating sustainable employment for both Afghan women and men. Hassina returned to her home country after 23 years and established Boumi in 2005. Boumi was launched with an initial local workforce of 15 women and 3 men. Within a year, the company expanded to 50 Afghan women and men employees. Continue reading »