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Women's craft market struggles to find place in the new Afghanistan

Taliban restrictions push once-thriving shops toward the brink of collapse

Vendors in the Titanic Bazaar's women's handicraft market say sales have fallen steeply since the Taliban took over. (Photo by Kanika Gupta)

BAMIYAN, Afghanistan -- In 2015, a group of women in the central Afghan province of Bamiyan borrowed money from a local bank to set up a market that would provide a place to sell their own handicrafts and those of other area women.

The new market at the Titanic Bazaar in the provincial capital, also called Bamiyan, soon flourished with a steady stream of customers thanks to the area's robust tourism economy.

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