Lima was born in Kandahar and lived in Kabul till she was 6 years old. During the Taliban period, she and her family lived as refugees in Pakistan. She then returned to Afghanistan, where she is the founder of a group which helps local Afghan artisans enter local and international markets, co-founder of an emergency charity foundation, and works in a variety of other fields to help women find work and Afghan children to be educated.
The journey of two months came to an end. This was my last class and I would receive the results of my final exam. If I passed, this would allow me to step up to a higher level. All 45 of us were hoping. Everyone seemed to expect to hold the first position except me. The teacher announced the first and second highest scores of the class. Both were girls, and could you imagine who held the third highest?