10 NOVEMBER 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
“Without this program, I would have never dreamed of one day going to the United States to represent my school and my country in front of the whole world!” - Mursal Shirzad, fourth year law student at Kabul University’s sharia faculty.
9 NOVEMBER 2011 | GHAZNI, AFGHANISTAN
Improved access means more water for livestock and better fodder quality for 1,750 households. As livestock health improves, families will return to raising cattle and sheep, generating critical income while revitalizing a traditional industry in Ghazni Province.
8 NOVEMBER 2011 | KHOST, AFGHANISTAN
USAID is working with the Ministry of Public Health to combat maternal mortality and support sustained improvements in maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes by enhancing the role of health workers and midwives in rural communities.
7 NOVEMBER 2011 | PANJSHIR, AFGHANISTAN
USAID facilitated the business deal, enabling the farmers to sell their mulberries for the first time.
The farmers of Panjshir Province, a two-hour drive north of Kabul, have tree after tree laden with sweet, ripe mulberries. The berries were simply a nice treat for villagers in the past, but now, the fruit is translating into income for the farmers and may boost Afghanistan’s exports.
6 NOVEMBER 2011 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
Fruit juice is a popular drink in the eastern region, especially during the hot, dusty months of the summer. However, most commercially available fruit drinks are imported, and there is a large demand for high-quality fruit drinks that cater to Afghan tastes. In 2009, The Ibrahim Malikzai Food and Beverages Company began producing mango juice under the "Fresh Up" brand, selling it mostly in the local shops in Jalalabad.
4 NOVEMBER 2011
Roads are one of Afghanistan’s largest assets. They enable families to reach hospitals, schools, and services; they improve security and access to remote, unstable areas; and they encourage economic growth by allowing farmers and merchants to transport products to markets.
4 NOVEMBER 2011 | PANJSHIR, AFGHANISTAN
With USAID assistance, local government learns how to help farmers market local produce.
A creative USAID project has transformed Panjshir Valley mulberries—an underexploited crop that routinely supplied sweet treats to local villagers, but mostly went to rot—into a welcome source of farm income.
4 NOVEMBER 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
The campaign for a nationwide rollout of “mobile money” in Afghanistan moved a step closer with the founding of the Afghan Mobile Money Operators Association in May 2011. The association is the first such trade organization in Afghanistan and among the first in the world. For Afghanistan, which ranks at or near the bottom in nearly every World Bank economic measurement, mobile money would be a solid foundation in a functioning market economy to help accelerate economic growth.
2 NOVEMBER 2011 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
Two USAID projects recently collaborated to install a solar-powered water pump at Shaikhan Girls School in the Mir Bacha Kot District of Kabul Province.
A sanitation project had been working with the school to improve sanitation facilities, but it was handicapped by the small amount of water that could be provided by the school’s manual pump.
A second USAID project related to clean energy came to the rescue with
Last updated: January 08, 2014