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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is about one sister and her struggle to make ends meet during the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan. Kamila Sidiqi, is a trained teacher, as are a few of her sisters. All the Sidiqi girls are devastated when the Taliban gains control of Afghanistan. Taliban target men and force them to join their military. The men in Afghanistan are in prison or in a mass grave. Women are left to fend for themselves and for their families. Kamila and her sisters are bored to tears. She decides to learn how to sew from her oldest sister. Her brother and protector secretly takes her to the market, where she meets shopkeepers who buy her dresses. Neighborhood girls join the operation; soon Kamila’s business becomes an oasis in the desert. A Taliban bride also buys her wedding gown from the family business. Kamila burgeoning business catapults her into a microfinance NGO and into the limelight. A good read about power of enterprise in adverse circumstances. It is amazing to know how pious the Sidiqi girls after all they have encountered.

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Reading Progress

04/01/2012 page 200
78.0% "I look at all of you with one eye (27)
The pen is more powerful than the sword (28)
It was as thought they suddenly remembered the country as quickly as they had forgotten it: they abondoned us once Soviets left."
04/01/2012 page 258
100.0% "Money is power for women. I women have their own income to bring to the family, they can contribute and make decision (220) This was a chance to even the ledger, to share one story that difference between stravation and survival"

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