Afghan Biographies

Attai, Shafiqeh Mrs.

Name Attai, Shafiqeh Mrs.
Ethnic backgr. Hazara
Date of birth 1981
Function/Grade Head Pashton Zarghon Saffron Women's Company
History and Biodata

3. Biodata:
Mrs. Shafiqeh Attai was born 1981 in Pashton Zarghon District, Pashtun Zarghun District, formerly known as Posht-e Zirghān or Posht-e Zirghūn, Herat Province. She started her saffron company in the western city of Herat in 2007.

Attai's business, the Pashton Zarghon Saffron Women's Company, produces, processes, packages and exports the world's most expensive spice with an almost exclusively female workforce.

More than 1,000 women pick the brightly coloured crocuses across the company's 25 hectares (60 acres) of land in the Pashton Zarghon district of Herat Province, which borders Iran.

Another 55 hectares are independently owned and operate under the collective that Attai set up for women saffron pickers, who are represented by union leaders.

DACAAR has worked with farmers in Pashtun Zarghun District to establish three
producers’ associations covering some 250 farmers , and more farmers are interested.
DACAAR has distributed to farmers 16,000 kg of high quality corms that it bought from
the Dutch saffron company, ‘Growing Sales Exchange (GSE). This is enough to plant
16 jeribs (5.25 ha.) (20061100)

Saffron Associations:
There are 28 saffron associations in Herat province only, these associations are,
1) GulmirBalaPashtoon
2) Sadaqat Pashtoon Zarghon
3) Azada Pashtoon Zarghon
4) Dorokhshan Pashtoon Zarghon
5) Foshkan Pashtoon Zarghon
6) Afghan women workers
7) Rawandan District
8) Adalat Pashtoon Zarghon
9) Meer Abad Pashtoon Zarghon
10) Afghan Saffron Women workers
11) Robat GulBibi Pashtoon Zarghon
12) Mar Abad Pashtoon Zarghon
13) Rahe SabzObah Saffron
14) Hery Pashtoon Zarghon
15) Negin Pashtoon Zarghon
16) Gulnaz Guzra
17) Taban Anjil
18) Afghan Anjil Saffron
19) Gawhershad Bigom Anjil
20) Tellaye Sorkh Ghoryan
21) Ghoryan Women Saffron
22) Roshnan Pashtoon Zarghon
23) Molakan Ghoryan
24) Ghoryan Saffron
25) Charbarak Pashtoon Zarghon
26) Qaisarak Pashtoon Zarghon
27) Astonan Village Women
28) Dehran Village Saffron

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