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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – One of the most difficult challenges for women farmers and agriculture-related business owners in Afghanistan is the access to credit for their agriculture operations, and understanding how credit works for them. However, help is on the way, thanks to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

On Wednesday, USAID’s Agricultural Credit Enhancement Phase-II project (ACE-II) hosted the first Women’s Agricultural Credit Shura in Kabul to raise women’s awareness in agricultural credit. This gathering focused on practical training of women to apply for and to manage credit.  This one-day event brought together a number of top microfinance institutions in Afghanistan along with other financial experts to work with Shura attendees.  The event is the first of a series of Shuras planned throughout the country.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:15am

Mazar-e-Sharif, April 11 – The USAID funded Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprise (ABADE) program conducted a ceremony to express appreciation to 35 of its Afghan partners in public-private alliances in the Northern region. The ceremony held in Mazar on Sunday, April 10, recognized the contribution of a select group of companies that - in collaboration with the ABADE program - have invested more than 3 million dollars in expanding their businesses to create 700 new jobs over the next several years.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 8:45am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agricultural Credit Enhancement Program - II (ACE-II), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock (MAIL) is supporting the Agricultural Development Fund (ADF) to provide long-term loans for the First Microfinance Bank (FMB) and the Afghan Rural Finance Company (ARFC) to fund expansion of their lending activities to Afghan farmers and to small- and medium-size agribusinesses. 

Monday, April 4, 2016 - 8:15am

Kabul, Afghanistan — The 4th Annual TEDxKabul event took place on March 30th and 31st at Kabul University, with the speaker line-up including two participants from USAID’s Promote Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) program.

Ms. Zohra Wandaa and Ms. Parisa Jamshidi, both from Herat, are recent graduates of the USAID leadership development course curriculum. In addition to successfully completing the training requirements, the two women, along with some of their classmates, launched an anti-street harassment campaign to educate the public on how to treat and respect women.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 8:30am

Kabul, Afghanistan – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially transferred two new hospitals in Paktiya and Paktika provinces to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), which will contribute significantly to better access to healthcare for Afghans living in the region.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 8:15am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined the Ministry of Public Health and the National Tuberculosis Program to recognize the recent global World Tuberculosis Day (TB) at the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul. The purpose of the event was to accelerate progress toward ending TB by improving the ability of Afghan doctors and healthcare workers to detect and treat Afghans suffering from the disease.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 8:30am
Afghan traders inked $2.38 million in deals and are negotiating potential deals of about $10 million for Afghanistan’s agricultural products as a result of their participation in the renowned Gulfood show Exhibition in Dubai, which was held February 21 to 25.
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 11:45pm

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the installment of an e-Attendance System at the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) to enhance transparency of employee attendance and payroll.

Three coders receive awards for designing the winning concept ideas for a mobile device application to fight street harassment.
Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 7:30am

As part of ongoing celebrations of Women’s History Month, USAID’s Promote Women in the Economy (WIE) program recognized three women who developed the best concepts for a mobile device application to help women confront street harassment in Afghanistan.

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 4:30am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and representatives of provincial government offices honored 30 women farmers from Balkh Province for their important contributions in the agricultural sector as part of celebrations for International Women’s day.

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Last updated: October 24, 2016

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