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Accelerated Learning courses changed Jalalabad shopkeeper Hazratullah's life

Hazratullah, a young shopkeeper from Jalalabad, is a recent graduate of APEP's Accelerated Learning courses.  He says it has helped change his life.  "Now I am able to calculate purchases with numbers.  If someone borrows from my store, I am able to write down who has borrowed and how much. ... If you are uneducated, you cannot accomplish much in life."

Pistachio reforestation activities have created jobs for rural villagers. Communities are working together towards longer-term s

The wild pistachio woodlands of Afghanistan have declined rapidly over the past 30 years, from 40 to 100 trees per hectare to the current estimate of 20 to 40 trees per hectare due primarily to cutting of trees, over grazing, and damage to trees through uncontrolled harvesting of the pistachio nuts.  The natural pistachio woodlands have significant environmental and economic value to Afghans. 

USAID’s Alternative Livelihoods Program for Eastern Afghanistan promotes the incorporation of men and women as active players in

USAID’s Alternative Livelihoods Program for Eastern Afghanistan (ALP/E) is supporting the establishment and strengthening of women-owned enterprises in several fields of economic activity, providing training and assistance in all sorts of trades, including commercial poultry operations, vegetable seedling enterprises, forestry nurseries and agro-processing.  ALP/E is also promoting the participation of vulnerable women in the labor force, by providing them with new ways to earn a living.

Obtaining an Education

Sara, 16, from the village of Mirza Abdul Qader near Kabul, is a recent graduate of APEP's Accelerated Learning courses.  She, along with other girls and young women, make up 56% of the program's graduates.  According to Sara, "Under the Taliban we were unable to obtain an education.  Now we are able to enroll in school and read simple things like street signs and write as well."

Wholesalers supported through improved packaging
USAID’s Alternative Livelihoods Program for the Eastern Region (ALP/E) is supporting the development of agricultural value chains, as a way to allow small, medium and large-scale farmers to engage in the production and marketing of licit crops in a sustainable and profitable fashion.


Last updated: February 04, 2016

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