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Transforming Lives

Mrs. Semeen, a longtime resident of District # 7 in Kabul City sits on the community council and is the Director of the Women’s

Mrs. Semeen has lived in District # 7 of Kabul City all her life. She recalls the disputes neighbors had over land issues and tells the story of one neighbor killing another over a boundary wall. In addition to land disputes, she and her neighbors also lack basic services such as water, power and garbage pickup, and risk eviction or demolition of their property at any time because they do not fall within the city’s urban plan.

Kajaki Dam in Helmand province.

The new turbine, plus the refurbishing of a second turbine, should triple the reliable electric power output from 16.5 megawatts to 51 megawatts to Kajaki, Lashkar Gah, and Kandahar.  Other work on the dam will provide water for homes, agriculture, and industry for the 1.5 million people in the Hilmand River Valley, improving livelihoods and spurring economic growth.

A government trainer demonstrates how to identify common livestock illnesses.

Local farmers say the government trainers shed new light on both livestock management and basic community health. “Ten years back my goats were killed by some anonymous disease” explained one trainee, “My family had eaten meat from one of the dead animals. The same week my wife became suddenly sick and died. Now I know my wife was killed by the disease known as Anthracnose. We have learned not to eat diseased meat during our training course.”

Local workers rebuilding Tagab District

When USAID team members began visiting the region in August 2007, the team received anything but a warm welcome. On their first visit, their vehicle was attacked by armed men who demanded they evacuate the vehicle. However, after the team members explained they were in Tagab to help, the attackers invited them to sit and have tea.

“I did not have peace of mind farming poppies,” says Almas-ullah.

Mr. Almas-ullah, a 41-year old farmer in eastern Afghanistan, has been farming poppies since his childhood. Unhappy with growing the illegal crop, he decided he wanted to earn a legitimate living.  “Poppy farming did not significantly improve our lives. I didn’t have peace of mind and always felt guilty,” said Almas-ullah.

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Last updated: September 06, 2016

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