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Transforming Lives

Sheer Mohammad is now able to support his family with a licit income.

Sheer Mohammad had been looking for a job for a long time. But he didn’t have any skills, so he felt forced to cultivate illegal crops and work in poppy fields in Kandahar, Afghanistan, to support his family.

A training session in Kabul.

Sima Sajadi, a 25-year-old high school teacher, attended a training in Kabul in April on best teaching methods. Twenty-two private school teachers, both employed and those searching for work, attended the training. The teachers study active, practical teaching methods like role-playing, discussion groups, brainstorming and networking.

Mohammad Salim in his mechanical workshop

Like many traditional Afghan farmers in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar province, Mohammad Salim once grew poppies to support his family.

A farmer in Arghandab, Kandahar entertains fellow agricultural workers while teaching best practices as part of USAID’s RADP.

These performances have drawn more than 6,600 spectators from across the four provinces since April. Farmers laughed along with friends and neighbors, but also walked away with valuable knowledge. Shows have covered topics such as pomegranate harvest techniques, vaccinating against livestock diseases, and wheat fertilizer application.

Barakat Bazr employees clean the sesame seeds before they make their way down the dehulling line

Each time a case of sesame seeds left the Barakat Bazr factory in Herat, Masood* knew that it was a lost opportunity. The seeds were sold unprepared, making them 40 percent cheaper at just $1,350 per metric ton.

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Last updated: August 16, 2016

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