It only takes a few minutes with Tahera to understand why she has been such an inspiration to the women in her family. Tahera grew up in Iran–her parents sought refuge there as newly-weds when the Taliban seized power. After returning to Afghanistan five years ago, Tahera instantly knew that she wouldn’t be sitting idle watching while her brothers became fully immersed in a country she always considered her own, but never truly experienced. Tahera was the first woman in her extended family to get a job outside of the home, and now 20 female relatives have followed her example.
Tahera is the manager of the Balkh Business Development Company–a consulting firm in Mazar, Afghanistan. After her visit to the U.S. during the Bpeace Apprentice Road Trip (BART), she is ready to expand her firm’s services to include budgeting, bookkeeping and accounting. In fact, Tahera might well become Afghanistan’s first woman charter (certified) accountant!
Mention the word QuickBooks, and Tahera lights up at the name of this accounting software. As the manager of a firm that helps other entrepreneurs grow their businesses, Tahera knows the importance of organization and accurate accounting. Tahera spent her time in the U.S. becoming more familiar with the software, understanding how accounting firms are managed, what to look for in hiring the best accountants, and how to market these new services to her current clients. She is so energized, she is already planning to expand her formal education and study for an accounting degree somehow–perhaps by a remote academic degree program.
This desire and will was evident to all of Tahera’s host companies. The Sag Harbor Express captured Tahera’s energy a while working at the CPA firm–Banducci, Katz and Ferraris. You can read the full article here: http://bit.ly/dpErlv.
Tahera is back in Afghanistan with new business ideas, gifts for her son and a wish for the future–that she will graduate from the Fast Runner program and become a volunteer member of Bpeace herself–so that she can share her own business acumen with younger entrepreneurs. To hear Tahera’s wish in her own words, watch her speak at the Bpeace annual meeting: http://ustre.am/_IBV2:vJn
A special thanks to all of Tahera’s Host Companies:
Banducci, Katz and Ferraris LLP
Integrity Financial Partners
The Gotham Research Group
The Greener Group
The Jackson Group
Women’s Business Development Council
BART is partially funded by the U.S. Department of State, Office of Citizen Exchanges in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.