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Transforming Lives

A technician switches on the Dodarak Micro-Hydropower Plant for the first time.`

Electricity heats homes, provides light, and powers businesses, contributing to economic growth and higher living standards.  While Afghanistan’s power grid does not yet provide for the entire country, USAID support is bringing electricity to remote villages through the construction of approximately 300 micro-hydropower plants and solar and wind power systems.  Hydropower plants harness the energy of moving water, creating electricity out of a renewable natural resource.

The Afghan delegation meets with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (center) and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues M

Long excluded from participation in public life, Afghan women have a great deal to offer their country.  Their untapped energy and productivity are essential for sustainable peace, security, and development.  Now, with support from the U.S. Government, Afghan women professionals are beginning to come together and promote their needs and abilities publically

Wakil Tawoos Khan is one of the many internally displaced persons at Camp Hilmand who were grateful for a recent food distributi

Camp Hilmand is a sprawling tent-city located on the southwestern outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, and is now home to thousands of Afghans forced from their home villages by violence.  One year has passed since Tawoos Khan arrived in the camp from his native Hilmand province.  Khan is Camp Hilmand’s wakil (head), representing the roughly 5,000 internally displaced persons with whom he lives.  The United States is committed to helping internal refugees by providing food and other forms of humanitarian assistance.

Afghan women sort pomegranates before they are processed into juice concentrate. Afghanistan’s new facility will create 200 jobs

With a sip of fresh juice squeezed from Afghanistan’s sweet pomegranates, the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock inaugurated Kabul’s new state-of-the-art agribusiness facility on October 15, 2009.  The Omaid Bahar Fruit Processing Company established the modern facility with the support of USAID.  The facility will produce and export juice concentrate and fresh fruit to countries in North America, Asia, and Europe.

The director of the Cotton Seller’s Association cuts the ribbon at the Cotton Pressing and Recycling Factory’s inaugural event.

Economic growth is dependent on firms and factories that improve current business practices.  With assistance from the U.S. Government, the Nangarhar Cotton Sellers’ Association recently opened a cotton pressing and cotton rag recycling facility in Jalalabad to improve cotton production and transport.  The factory has stimulated regional economic growth, increased employment, generated income, and provided incentives for further investment in the cotton sector. 


Last updated: October 24, 2016

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