Thanks to the financial support of the project, Govher opened her small bakery, naming it in honour of her granddaughter "Mələyim", which means "my angel".
On 4 March, Govher celebrated the first year anniversary of her business, marking some great milestones she achieved and reflecting on her remarkable journey–difficult and time-consuming at times, but extremely rewarding. The result of her restless work and dedication was the fivefold increase in the volume of production at Govher’s bakery shop. Govher works with two assistants, with practically no time off.
"In the beginning we used about 5 kilogrammes of flour per day, but now we use 20-25 kilogrammes. Before the New Year's holidays, we baked 50 cakes every day!" the business owner says.
All sorts of pastries are made in the bakery. About 30 different kinds of goods are available daily. Traditional pastries such as baklava (broadly known in Azerbaijan as “pakhlava”), shekerbura and gogal are most popular among customers.
Govher Khanhuseynova is enthusiastic and intends to develop her business further. She plans to turn her bakery into a small café for women. The premises offer the opportunity for expansion and there is a great need for a women's leisure spot in the area.
"Be brave and use your skills, possibilities and talents. Develop them. Let nothing stand in the way of your striving towards financial independence," Govher says, directing her words to all women in Azerbaijan’s regions.