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Transforming Lives

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.

Zakia Roshan, operations manager at Mazatoo Food Production

Most Afghans enjoy candy with their tea every day. The market for candy is strong.

Beneficiaries in a training session.

Two-wheel tractors are changing the landscape for Afghan farmers in more ways than one. They're changing the types of crops farmers grow, the cost to grow them, and the amount of income from crop sales and agricultural services.

Mariam Safi joined the Tetra Tech AESP staff after completing its Afghan Women Internship Program in 2013.

Internships are providing women engineering students in Afghanistan with the experience they need to compete for jobs in a profession dominated by men.

Students enjoy sandwiches prepared by Meena.

In southern Afghanistan, years of war and insecurity have widowed many women. Without a male head of household, women are not able to leave the home to access economic opportunities.

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Last updated: July 08, 2016

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