30 NOVEMBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan is home to a wide mix of wildlife unlike any in the world. Some animals, such as the snow leopard and Marco Polo sheep, are found in very few other countries. Protecting these and other endangered species is essential to preserving the Afghanistan’s unique biodiversity.
30 NOVEMBER 2009 | PAKTYA PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Halima Khan, a 26 year old Afghan woman, has found hope and economic independence through instruction she is receiving in literacy, gender awareness, and the art of cherma dozi – a traditional form of Afghan embroidery. Halima is one of 120 vulnerable women in the Aryub Jaji District of Paktya participating in a USAID program to provide women with educational opportunities and job skills.
30 NOVEMBER 2009 | CHAGHCHARAN, GHOR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Ghor province lies in the central highlands of Afghanistan, remote and lightly populated. Its self-reliant population of 615,000 is accustomed to harsh winters and the isolation that results from road closures. With rich pasturelands, livestock is the chief source of income. However, the need for external support became more pronounced due to returning refugees and high global food and fuel prices.
30 NOVEMBER 2009 | QALAT, ZABUL PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Bibi Derkho, a farmer in Afghanistan, has sent her children back to school after opening her own poultry business in Qalat district of Zabul province. “Before, my children were working to support the family,” she said, “and now I am supporting the family and the children are going to school.” Bibi Derkho is one of 180 women selected by local government representatives to attend a six-month training in home-based poultry rearing.
12 NOVEMBER 2009 | WARDAK PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
24 OCTOBER 2009 | KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN
Until recently, Afghans used their goats only for their milk, meat, wool, and leather. Now, more than 170,000 male and female goat herders are aware of the high value of cashmere and the proper methods to harvest and market this commodity.
24 OCTOBER 2009 | MAZARI SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN
24 OCTOBER 2009 | HIRAT, AFGHANISTAN
Despite a slumping demand for luxury goods in the world due to the economic crisis, international markets are waking up to opportunities in Afghanistan’s nascent cashmere industry. Until recently, the value of cashmere was not recognized in the country, and much of its potential was lost when herders sheared their goats for wool. That all changed when USAID launched a nationwide campaign to increase awareness and educate male and female goat herders on how to harvest the product.
24 OCTOBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
Last updated: January 07, 2014