But now Fatima holds the deed to her own plot of land. Combining her own money with donations from Bpeace host companies Duc Duc and Bernhardt Furniture, importer Wendy Summer, and 33 friends and family of architect Lisa Dubin, Fatima raised the final $5,500 needed to purchase land on which to construct her factory.
Stones, bricks and mortar are the next step. Fatima met with Allen Rahim, the brother-in-law of Bpeace member Khatera Sahibzada. Allen owns a construction materials company in Kabul, similar to Home Depot, and has already started helping Fatima move forward. In addition to sound technical advice, he took the dimensions and layouts of the structure to solicit estimates from two different construction companies. He also pledged to donate any materials needed for the structure’s kitchen and bathrooms.
Fatima did take a few moments to reflect on generosity and hard work that made this all possible. She wrote to her sponsors, “Someday I hope you come to Afghanistan so I can show you how much your contribution is making a difference in the lives of so many people.”