Kabul is a city exploding with entrepreneurs. In every corner someone is selling, buying or coming up with new and innovative ways to make a better living. In 2011 when I was in Kabul, it was very impressive to see the explosion of commerce in the city of Kabul by the numerous cell phone companies, restaurants, hotels and even Western style gorcery chain called Finest, that were sprinkled around the city.
In this post, I share an edited article from Kabul A City At Work about a juice and chips vendor who boasts of his healthy, delicious and coveted chips burgers.
My name is Mohammad Naim. I have a juice and burger shop in Shar-e-Naw in Kabul. I have had this shop since 2003. When I was little I wanted to work in security with my brothers, but then the Taliban took over and it became impossible and I went to live in Iran. After six years, I returned to Afghanistan to get married, that was 11 years ago. The situation was bad; there was nothing but Mullahs with big beards. However on the day of my wedding the Taliban collapsed. It was a historic day.
We started a fruit stall but now I have a small shop, our competitors like chief Burger have much better facilities. If I had more space we could make pizzas, anything, but for now, it’s just juice and ships burgers. It is a good business thought; we sell chips (French fries) burgers for 40 Afs ($.76). A kebab costs 120 ($2.25) so a lot of people come here. Our burgers taste better and kebabs are very bad for your health. Some vendors use bad meat that makes people sick. People would rather come here and eat our healthy burgers.
The bread we use is a Paraki (a type of lavash bread). Sometimes we even add one more slice of bread to the burger to make people full. We have more customers because we use special spices and herbs. You can taste the difference everyone loves it. That is the reason we are popular.
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