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Transforming Lives

Sana-ul-Haq, 8, attends a community-based school in Surkh-Rod district, south of Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan

It was pitch black outside when Sana-ul-Haq began his work day at 3.00 am. Most of the village was still sound asleep as he got dressed and headed over to the nearby brick kiln, where he worked with his father and siblings.

Matiullah, a mechanic in western Kandahar

Matiullah, who lives in western Kandahar, started his life with what many deem a severe strike against any chance of success: a congenitally disabled left leg. Matiullah’s youth was dogged by poverty at a very young age, he began working in the poppy fields as lancer to help his family earn enough to survive. The money he earned was never enough but he had no other choice because of his leg.

Frozan Haidari is a finance manager at Mubtakar Women’s Social Organization

Ms. Frozan Haidari, like many other female university graduates, struggled to nail down a job after graduation. “I learned a great deal during my time at university but employers are looking for tangible experience,” Haidari asserted in a recent interview.

A worker at Kabul Mosaic pours concrete into new paving tile molds

People walk all over Mohammad Reza’s business, and he couldn’t be happier about it. His company, based in Kabul, was recently awarded a large contract to produce more than 300,000 square feet of mosaic tile to pave nearly 4.5 miles of sidewalk in the city.

Shakila, 20, the owner of 70 small ruminant herds in Aqcha district of Jowzjan province

Twenty-year old Shakila has never enjoyed the casual warmth and style of a cashmere sweater. “Keeping goats and sheep for more than a decade I honestly didn’t recognize its value,” she told an interviewer visiting northern Jowzjan province recently.

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Last updated: August 29, 2016

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