What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?
Upon my return to Afghanistan after 23 years, I fulfilled my dream of contributing to the rebuilding of my country by establishing the Boumi Company.
Boumi, a design and manufacturing firm, was launched in 2005 with an initial local workforce that consisted of 15 women and 3 men. The company is rapidly expanding with the goal of employing 300 Afghan women and men by the end of 2006. Our new factory will be ready in September, 2006 at previously Bagrami Textile Factory next to the Bagrami Industrial Park in Kabul.
Our goal is to build a successful business while creating much needed sustainable employment opportunities for Afghan women and men. Additionally, Boumi’s objective is to encourage manufacturing of Afghan-made products with raw materials produced locally in Afghanistan.
Boumi is pioneering the design and manufacturing of high quality made in Afghanistan products to cater to the discriminating needs of our global clients.
It should be noted, however, that Boumi is more than just a company trying to turn a profit. Boumi seeks to provide Afghans not only with employment, but technical skill and design training so that its employees may use the knowledge and experience gained in possibly their own future commercial endeavors.
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