With assistance from the ERIN programme, Mir Wais and his family arrived in Afghanistan to a warm welcome from his relatives and friends. He was jobless for three months, looking for jobs everywhere, but without success. He eventually made-up his mind to use his reintegration funds to start a business of his own. He was previously a UN employee, and he had rich experience and knowledge in counselling, as well as good English language skills. Considering his experience and skills, he came up with an idea to provide counselling services to recent college and university graduates to assist them in gaining admission to good universities abroad. With assistance from IRARA and their local networks in Afghanistan, Mir Wais created a business plan. He started the business with ERIN reintegration funding and IRARA’s local support to gain the required license, set up the office, and tackle some of the administrative challenges he faced.
Mir Wais’ consultancy is now providing him with a good monthly income. He re-invests some of this into the business each month, and has employed a staff member to work with him. The rest of the income is used for his monthly expenditure and provides enough for savings.
He states he is happier with his life now. He has been able to admit his children into schools and start his own business with the reintegration assistance provided. He now plans to expand his business into nearby provinces and he would like to give a share to his son, too.