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Transforming Lives

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.

Nazo, one of the top tailors at the garment production center, loves designing women’s clothing and can reproduce designs pictur

To provide a safe place for aspiring woman tailors to gain new skills and earn an income, USAID opened the Farah Women’s Garment Production Center in October 2008.  Dozens of women applied for positions, and the local Community Development Council accepted 50 of the most promising seamstresses. These women had been working from their homes using pedal-style sewing machines and were ready to enrich their skills.


Last updated: October 24, 2016

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