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Transforming Lives

Rasool Mohammad of Zaranjo village in the greenhouse

Until recently, Arghistan—a district in the southern Afghan state of Kandahar that borders Pakistan—imported most of its vegetables from Pakistan and grew poppy instead. It was the only crop that would flourish without water or modern farming techniques, there being no water in Arghistan’s irrigation canals

Deaf student Ziaudeen learns how to call a family member through a Skype video call.

In Afghanistan, a proliferation of mobile phones is dramatically changing how citizens across the country are communicating with one another. But for deaf Afghans, mobile phone usage is limited to SMS text messages—a particular challenge considering that less than one-third of the population is literate.

Six people can work on this computerized embroidery machine at the same time

When Marya Azimi found that she was constantly having to turn away large orders for her handicrafts company, she decided she needed help to expand the business.

Bai Mohammad, procurement officer, receving on the job training from CBCMP-II change management specialist.

The Capacity Building and Change Management Program-II, which runs from 2014 to 2017, is a $20 million project that embeds Afghan change management specialists in critical directorates and regional agriculture and livestock ministries. Since the program began last year, 344 people in provinces across Afghanistan have received technology training.

Participants of the USAID course put protective clothing on paper dolls

Ajmal* runs a shop that sells pesticides in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. Until recently, he was unaware that protective clothing should be worn while spraying and that some chemicals are harmful to the environment and are banned by the government.

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Last updated: August 27, 2015

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