The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

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John Murray, 2011 - Businesswomen - 288 pages
When the Taliban took control of Kabul, Kamela Sediqi and all the women of Kabul saw their lives transformed. Overnight, they were banned from schools and offices and even forbidden from leaving their front doors on their own. The economy collapsed and young men left the city in search of work and security. Desperate to help her family and support her five brothers and sisters at home, Kamela began sewing cothes in her living room. Little did she know that the tailoring business she started to help her siblings would be the beginning of a dresmaking business that would create jobs and hope for one hundred neighbourhood women and would come to mean the difference between starvation and survival for hundreds of families like her own.

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User Review  - Smits - LibraryThing

The incredible true story of an Afghan young woman who creates sewing jobs for her family and community during Taliban rule. Kila is inspiring. She dreams big, works hard and never gives up on her ... Read full review

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User Review  - marshapetry - LibraryThing

Excellent narrator, mildly interesting book about a woman and her relatives/friends who develop a tailoring/sewing company in an oppressive political culture and actually find that they can make a go ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon worked as a journalist for nearly ten years and as a producer with ABC News Political Unit. She has an MBA from Harvard where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in war zones, including in Afghanistan.

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