10 DECEMBER 2009 | NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Roads connect communities to needed public services, such as health clinics, schools, and markets. Throughout Afghanistan, USAID is building roads and providing local communities with development projects along those roads, such as the construction of a soap factory in Nangarhar province. This community outreach approach generates income for local residents and demonstrates that roads bring development.
9 DECEMBER 2011 | BADAKHSHAN, AFGHANISTAN
Besides reducing the municipality’s need for costly diesel fuel, the solar lights will improve air quality, reduce crime, facilitate nighttime traffic, extend market hours along the roadway, and improve security for Fayzabad’s citizens.
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
Last updated: January 07, 2014