Afghanistan women entrepreneurs, can I ask for more?

Afghanistan women entrepreneurs, can I ask for more?

Fereshteh Forough, a founding partner of the Afghan Citadel Software Company, last week visited New York City as part of her USA three weeks tour. She was on an exploratory US business tour in collaboration with Bpeace, an organization who's tag line is: “We believe that creating jobs creates peace”. Fereshteh Forough biography is a must read, even better I invite you to watch her interviews at Film Annex on her Webtv. Fereshtesh was born in 1985 and in the last 26 years she lived in Iran, Afghanistan and Germany, got her Masters in Data Engineering in Berlin, founded a successful company with Roya Mahboob and is a lecturer in the Computer Science faculty at Herat University.

I was an early bloomer opening an office in Los Angeles at the age of 21, after 21 years in Florence and now after 20 years in New York City, I can't recall meeting successful and driven people like Fereshteh Forough and Roya Mahboob. I started importing sails from Holland when I was 17 years old, my father took me with him in his trips to Paris and Milano, attending Textile and Fashion shows since I was 15, I have been involved in business for the last 26 years, roughly the age of Roya and Fereshteh.

When I meet someone, in particular in a business relationship, I like to understand the level of confidence, experience, independence and above all the ability to deliver what was discussed, I like doers.

I came across Roya Mahboob thanks to short documentary by NATO, the title is: "A businesswoman in Herat", the synopsis of the video starts with: “Roya Mahboob runs the most successful software development company in Herat”. I exchanged a few emails and I already knew she is an unusual person, her professionalism is amazing, I wired the funds for our first INTERNET classroom and she delivered it in two weeks, including a great video documentation of the project.

I met Fereshteh last Friday, she spent some time in our film studio, met my brother and partner Tommaso, our partner Mike Sweeny and got on camera to talk about her self and the vision that we share about building schools in Afghanistan, connecting the Afghan youth to the global community of the World Wide Web with Digital media and supporting Afghanistan educational system and economy. In 15 minutes she delivered a fantastic portrait of our project in both English and Dari (Persian), didn't need a second take, didn't need an explanation, she just delivered what she thought. She is now flying back to Kabul so that by end of this coming week they can start the construction of the second INTERNET classroom in Houz-e-Karbas.

Can I ask for more? Afghanistan women entrepreneurs are on a different planet.

Francesco Rulli