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Transforming Lives

During the filming of Dream and Achieve, contestants present their business plans to a panel of judges.

Tolo TV’s Dream and Achieve (Fikr wa Talash) has awakened Afghanistan’s entrepreneurial spirit.  In a country where new business development is essential for continued economic growth, this popular television show is helping entrepreneurs improve their businesses while educating viewers about the importance of the private sector.

Aimal, a student in the BBA program, conducts research for his marketing class.

Until recently, it was not possible to earn a business degree in Afghanistan.  However, the country’s economic development is dependent upon well-educated young people to open new businesses and manage existing firms.  Business and entrepreneurship education programs are in high demand, and USAID is taking note. 

A young man learns how to run a tailoring business as part of an apprenticeship program for day laborers in Jalalabad.

Young men who lack an education or trade skills are left with few opportunities in Afghanistan.  Manual day labor jobs are often the only legal employment options available, but the work is sporadic and the pay is not sufficient to support a family.  To provide these at-risk young men with practical job training and steady, well-paid employment, USAID launched an apprenticeship program in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province.

A convoy of 36 trucks loaded with 550 tons of drilling equipment travelled 3,000 km to reach Shibirghan gas fields.

To fuel development efforts, USAID has launched a number of initiatives to increase energy output, such as rebuilding dams and power plants and importing electricity from neighboring countries.  Afghanistan also possesses another prospective power source – the Shibirghan gas fields.

USAID's veterinary clinics helped this herdsman maintain a healthy flock of goats in Badakhshan.

Animal husbandry is an unforgiving profession in Afghanistan.  Economic survival depends on the number of sheep, goats, and cattle a family can sell each year.  However, the lack of veterinary care in many areas leads to animal deaths, impoverishing families and endangering Afghanistan’s food supply.  USAID-funded veterinary clinics are changing that by providing healthcare and vaccines to keep animals healthy.

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Last updated: February 04, 2016

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