Afghan Women Ready To Start Their Businesses

(From the Left) USAID Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Growth and Infrastructure Theodora Dell and Deputy Minister of W
(From the Left) USAID Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Growth and Infrastructure Theodora Dell and Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs Fawzia Habibi distribute certificate to a graduate from the mHawala Agent Training course in Kabul.
USAID

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- More than 160 Afghan women received the certificates today at a ceremony in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs after completing USAID-supported Business Development Training Course in Kabul. The training included courses in basic business administration, business finance and marketing, and was jointly delivered the representatives from Etisalat and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.
 
Forty-nine women successfully graduated from the mHawala Agent Training, which makes them eligible for a special Mutahid micro-finance institution program to become Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) Mobile Money agents.   
 
All 165 graduates will have an opportunity to use their newly-gained skills to start up their own small business and/or work as Mobile Money agents. 
 
“I am glad that I attended this course. It is very helpful especially if you want to start your own business,” said Ms. Nooria, who is preparing to set up a poultry business in her aunt’s property so that she can support her family.
 
Officials from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), Kabul Women's Garden, Etisalat, Mutahid Microfinance, and USAID joined the graduates at a ceremony in MoWA to celebrate this milestone.
 
“Women’s economic empowerment increases their role in the society. This program shows the commitment of the Afghan Government and international community to empower women,” said Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs Fawzia Habibi.
 
USAID has worked with MoWA and Etisalat to expand the agent network and make more services available to women.
 
“New technologies such as mobile money give an opportunity to Afghan women to participate in the global economy and build their futures.  Economic development is not possible without the participation of women and without innovation,” – said USAID Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Growth and Infrastructure Theodora Dell.

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