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
19 OCTOBER 2009 | DODARAK, NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
Electricity heats homes, provides light, and powers businesses, contributing to economic growth and higher living standards. While Afghanistan’s power grid does not yet provide for the entire country, USAID support is bringing electricity to remote villages through the construction of approximately 300 micro-hydropower plants and solar and wind power systems. Hydropower plants harness the energy of moving water, creating electricity out of a renewable natural resource.
19 OCTOBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
Long excluded from participation in public life, Afghan women have a great deal to offer their country. Their untapped energy and productivity are essential for sustainable peace, security, and development. Now, with support from the U.S. Government, Afghan women professionals are beginning to come together and promote their needs and abilities publically.
Last updated: January 07, 2014