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Transforming Lives

Aqela Faiz Ahmad, a housecleaner employed by Shahre Safa, dusts a window at a client’s house.

Nahid Alefi saw a business opportunity in the increasing numbers of Afghan women working outside the family home. They needed help with the housework, she reasoned, and set up the Shahre Safa Cleaning Services Co. in Kabul.

Learning how to sew curtains and much more in Helmand

Nasima’s* life changed after she learned how to sew for a living. The vocational training meant that she could stay home and work, while keeping an eye on her sick husband as well. And her daughter could return to school. Until then, Nasima had to keep the child home while she went out to work as a cleaner.

Visitors at Domotex in Hannover, Germany, admired Afghan carpets on display.

Afghanistan’s centuries-old carpet industry is looking ahead to a good year for exports with seven carpetmakers signing deals worth millions with buyers from the United States, Turkey and Europe.

Selsela discusses a work issue with Ali Saadat, president of Zohal Consultancy

In 13 years, Afghanistan has gone from just one national broadcaster to more than 30 terrestrial TV stations in Kabul alone. The booming media sector is a good indicator of business growth in the country.

The metamorphosis of Gift Food’s pickled garlic right through to the final product with its bright label

Gift Food Production Co., which had made pickles for years, wanted to expand. With USAID’s help, it identified a gap in the local market through an April 2013 survey that revealed a demand for pickled garlic. Unfortunately, this was something the company didn’t know how to make

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Last updated: May 01, 2015

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