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Afghan woman learns about potato chip biz on LI

Sora Stoda hopes to open a potato chip

Sora Stoda hopes to open a potato chip manufacturer in her native Afghanistan after visiting a chip factory in Cutchogue. (Oct. 19, 2010) Photo Credit: Craig Ruttle

Standing in the North Fork Potato Chips facility Wednesday, Sora Stoda said there's nothing frivolous about her dream of creating a potato chip manufacturing business back home - one that she expects to employ about 100 people to start and benefit potato farmers and other suppliers once she moves beyond the business-plan stage.

With chips in Afghanistan primarily imported or made on a small scale in women's home kitchens, "there's a huge market for this business," she said.

Stoda is one of 10 young Afghan entrepreneurs brought to the area by Business Council for Peace, also known as Bpeace, a nonprofit that gets some support from the U.S. Department of State to help entrepreneurs in conflict-afflicted countries establish businesses and create employment.

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