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Transforming Lives

Mansoor Armaghan working on pieces for a decorative screen he has designed in his Kabul woodworking shop.

The craftsmanship of Mansoor Armaghan’s woodworking has long been sought after in Afghanistan’s capital, but working each project by hand meant that the family-owned company was limited in the number of pieces they could produce. In order to maintain the same quality that they were known for and increase their production to provide work for local craftsmen, Mansoor knew that he would need to purchase new equipment.

Interns learn surveying techniques at project site

Bibi Khairulnesah, who recently earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnical University of Kabul, is one of three young graduates participating in a pilot internship program designed to help women launch successful careers in nontraditional occupations such as architecture, engineering, and business administration.

Ms. Golsom Shojaee works on a math problem with a student in an Accelerated Learning Center in Daikundi, Afghanistan.

It’s barely daybreak when Ms. Golsom Shojaee sets off on a motorcycle across the mountains of central Afghanistan. Her husband, Mohammad, is the designated driver. Her mission is to ensure remote community-based education centers are operating smoothly.

Najila Danishjo wants to return to her village to help and empower women.

Najila Danishjo is only 20 years old but is fully committed to helping the women of her country. The young teacher has fought furiously to arrive at where she is now: a trainee in the USAID Promote Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) ‘Royesh’ pre-service delivery program.

Afghan businessmen and government officials cut a ribbon on Sept 28 in Kabul, officially launching a single entity for business registration in Afghanistan.

Companies ranging from business startups to corporate heavyweights are driving economic growth and creating jobs in Afghanistan, but obtaining a business license in the country has been a lengthy and costly process, frustrating even determined investors.

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Last updated: March 13, 2017

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