Debugging Baghlan Through Training

Participants at the Small Business Workshop are finding the training crucial to their skills development.
Participants at the Small Business Workshop are finding the training crucial to their skills development.
USAID/CBSG
Capacity-building training helps participants find alternative source of income in times of drought
26 JANUARY 2012 | BAGHLAN, AFGHANISTAN
 
The project developed participants’ skills to improve their livelihoods, encouraged cooperation, and strengthened ties with the local government.
 
Due to its insecurity and the presence of insurgent elements, Baghlan has become a priority province for USAID. One of the primary grievances in the region is the lack of economic opportunities for youth and the unemployed. To address this concern and create the opportunity for community-government cooperation, the community requested USAID funding for small business capacity-building training.
 
Two hundred and forty community members successfully completed the one-month capacity-building training in July 2011. The training focused on building the capacity of small business owners through lectures on business methodologies and management techniques. The training provided farmers with ideas about alternative means of earning income, especially at times of limited harvest due to drought and other factors hindering their normal agricultural activities.
 
The deputy director of the Provincial Line Department of Economy emphasized the importance of the training in helping to form lasting partnerships between the local government and communities. He congratulated the training attendees and wished them success in launching their own small businesses that would help them find alternative source of income in times of drought when they are unable to support their families solely from the harvest.
 
“This is the first time we have had such a useful workshop. I learned a great deal about business methodologies. Now I can open a small business in my village,” said Mohammad Zaher, a participant of the workshop. “Thanks to the generous support of USAID, I have gained the skills to help me start a business.”
 
As a high-impact initiative, the training helped increase the knowledge and understanding of business and improved communication between the local government and the communities.

Last updated: May 15, 2014

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