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Transforming Lives

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.

Roya with two of her nine children at her bakery in downtown Kabul

Roya, a 40-year-old mother of nine, is the sole provider for her children. She works throughout the day to bake the distinctive Afghan flatbread known as naan in a windowless room. Her face is swaddled in a covering both white with flour and dark with soot.

Zakia Roshan, operations manager at Mazatoo Food Production

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


Last updated: October 24, 2016

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