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Transforming Lives

Female Runners race to the finish line.

“Running is a great activity, which is why many girls are interested in doing it. Unfortunately, due to socially constructed gender norms imposed on Afghan females, there are not many opportunities to explore different sports,” says Nargis Sharifi, the team facilitator of the Peace Runners.

Soraya is using a USAID-provided knitting machine to make a scarf.

Soraya learned to knit from her mother at age 13. However, marriage kept her too busy to take up her childhood hobby. The death of her husband, however, changed her calculation. Facing the need to support her six children, what once was an enjoyable digression became a marketable skill.

Burhanuddin in his clinic, Langar village, Khuram Wa Sarbagh district, Samangan province.

Controlling highly contagious diseases in livestock is a significant challenge in maintaining a healthy herd and improving the production of animals. In Afghanistan, livestock are a significant part of the economy and livestock owners are often among the poorest people and make up some of the least food secure households in the country.

Sayeda Korga during written test of USAID Promote: Women in Government internship program.

Sayeda Korga is one of the pilot interns participating in USAID Promote: Women in Government program. She began the practicum portion of the internship program with the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) in March 2016. Sayeda’s dedication, hard work and willingness to work in government influenced the librarian to encourage her to consider applying for a permanent position.

Mohammad Yasin Paktin works in financial software for his new employer.

A year after graduating from Kabul University, Mohammad had gone on numerous interviews, but had yet to land a job. When interviewers asked him to show his practical skills with financial software, most often QuickBooks, he couldn’t do it. “In the university there was no chance of practical work in financial software,” he says.

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Last updated: July 26, 2017

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