As a young girl living in Afghanistan under Taliban rule during the 1990s, Storai was not allowed to attend school. In 2001, when was able to return to her studies, she showed talent for creative expression, winning a competition to paint a mural on the wall of her school and illustrate books for local children.
In 2013, working from a small workshop at home, Storai, who had studied jewelry design, set up ZYB Designs. With the support of Sophia Swire's organization, Future Brilliance, she is also working with young jewelers and gem-cutters to realize her dream of setting up a jewelry co-operative in Afghanistan to provide employment for other talented women jewelers like herself.
Future Brilliance's social enterprise, Aayenda Jewelry, commissioned Storai to design the coin for this year’s KIN conference (aayenda means "future" in the in the Dari language). The front is inspired by a traditional geometric flower design found in Kandahari embroidery. It is a common motif in Storai's designs. The reverse features the "double A" Aayenda logo, representing a brilliant future for young Afghan artisans.
Storai is proud to be launching her new collection at the KIN Global and hopes that it will help promote Afghanistan as a source of creativity and great natural beauty. She has been awarded a scholarship to study jewelry design in London this summer and profits from sale of jewelry sold during the conference will go towards supporting her studies in London.