Kitman, Samira Mrs.
|Name||Kitman, Samira Mrs.|
|Date of birth||1990|
|Function/Grade||Calligraphy and Illuminations Artist|
|History and Biodata||
In 2014, Turquoise Mountain secured a $650,000 commission to provide the interior artwork for a five-star hotel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. A portion of the commission was awarded to Samira’s business, which produced 600 original hand-painted calligraphy pieces as well as 8,000 prints for the 1,700 rooms of the Anjum Hotel, Mecca, earning her business over $65,000 in revenues and employing 30 women over six months. Samira owes a lot of her success to USAID, the largest long-term supporter of the Turquoise Mountain Institute, which gave Samira the opportunity not only to learn her craft, but also to take her first steps to becoming an independent businesswoman. USAID’s support to Turquoise Mountain’s business mentoring activities allowed Samira to receive intensive guidance and support over the last five years, taking her from new graduate to leading entrepreneur.
Samira Kitman won 2015 “Best Woman Entrepreneur” award during a celebration for International Women’s Day at the Women’s Center of the American University of Afghanistan. She was chosen out of 307 female competitors across Afghanistan for her unique artistic skills and for using international markets to grow her calligraphy business.
Kitmat speaks Pashtu, Urdu and English