kashmiri woman employs locals

Srinagar, Apr 01 (ANI): Shaheena Akhter is a young Kashmiri entrepreneur who has emerged as a symbol of women empowerment. She not only earns for herself but also provides employment to scores of workers who work in her unit that makes Pashmina shawls. In 2011, Shaheena Akhtar, 31, compromised her dream of pursuing a PhD in order to support her family financially and started making Pashmina shawls at her residence in Nowshera, Srinagar. Shaheena’s business prospered in 2011 when she came to know about the Sher-i-Kashmir employment welfare scheme for youth (SKEWPY), a self-employment programme launched by the government. She received a decent amount of Rupees 8.5 lakh under seed capital fund scheme. Shaheena has employed about 17 workers and has 11 looms in a unit, manufacturing a wide range of products.

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