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Transforming Lives

Fouzia Hariri displays dried fruit and nuts at her company’s booth at the “Made in Afghanistan” exhibition and conference.

Fouzia Hariri was one of 40 Afghan traders participating in the inaugural “Made in Afghanistan” exhibition and conference on July 19-20, 2016, in New Delhi, India, organized with the support of USAID’s Afghanistan Trade and Revenue (ATAR) project.

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.

Tala Dairy Production Company in Kabul, Afghanistan

Their yogurt is tangy, their buttermilk is thick, and their cream is the perfect addition to an early morning caffeine fix. Tala Dairy Production Company, founded in 2012 by a group of ambitious and experienced entrepreneurs, aimed to offer home delivery service of dairy products to Kabul residents. But acheiving the globally-respected standards they aimed for - which required obtaining modern machinery and meeting international production requirements - proved difficult.

Ahmad Tamim Mohebzada is an E-Commerce and Online Marketing Officer at Tolo Travel

In the past 14 years, the field of Information and Communications Technology has reconnected Afghanistan to the world. In 2001, there were no phone lines, let alone internet providers. Today, over a million people are using the internet and over 18 million people own cell phones according to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. 44 local internet providers and four local GSM phone operators supply ready information to a youthful population with a thirst for knowledge and a private sector anxious to build relationships with the international business community.

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Last updated: October 31, 2016

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