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Transforming Lives

Abozar and his sister Maliha weave their future in Kabul.

A 22 years old, Abozar Mesbah was faced with the responsibility of providing for his entire family including a brother, six sisters, his parents, and grandparents. The Afghan family had left their home for Pakistan during the most dangerous days of faction infighting in Kabul and were struggling to get back on their feet after their recent return to the capital.

CBCMP-II Badakhshan Team Leader and Mr. Hakim standing next to solar panels installed in Argo District Agriculture office

Until recently, Shamsudin and other farmers in Argo district received little support from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, and were forced to deal with the challenges of farming on their own. “Nobody from the Ministry of Agriculture visited me for two years, nor did I receive any assistance,” Shamsudin said.

Mansoor Armaghan working on pieces for a decorative screen he has designed in his Kabul woodworking shop.

The craftsmanship of Mansoor Armaghan’s woodworking has long been sought after in Afghanistan’s capital, but working each project by hand meant that the family-owned company was limited in the number of pieces they could produce. In order to maintain the same quality that they were known for and increase their production to provide work for local craftsmen, Mansoor knew that he would need to purchase new equipment.

Interns learn surveying techniques at project site

Bibi Khairulnesah, who recently earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnical University of Kabul, is one of three young graduates participating in a pilot internship program designed to help women launch successful careers in nontraditional occupations such as architecture, engineering, and business administration.

Ms. Golsom Shojaee works on a math problem with a student in an Accelerated Learning Center in Daikundi, Afghanistan.

It’s barely daybreak when Ms. Golsom Shojaee sets off on a motorcycle across the mountains of central Afghanistan. Her husband, Mohammad, is the designated driver. Her mission is to ensure remote community-based education centers are operating smoothly.

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Last updated: March 13, 2017

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