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Transforming Lives

Hameda and women like her were denied computer literacy because of decades of war and six years of Taliban rule

Until recently, Hameda* had a computer in her office but couldn’t use it. The head teacher of the Goharshad Begum girls’ school in Herat, western Afghanistan, didn’t know how. When her students told her she could learn for free at the Anaar Multimedia Center, the 36-year-old jumped at the chance.

Workers at a bakery that participated in food safety training take pride in their sanitary surroundings and their new uniform

Amanullah Khanzada was unaware that his Afghan confectionary company needed to improve safety practices until a training program emphasized international hygiene standards.

Safdar Ali at the Anaar Multimedia Center

It was pure chance that Safdar Ali saw a poster advertising multimedia and social media courses that would propel him into taking a more active role in bettering his community.

Suratgar Printing Press has improved its business prospects by investing in new technology

For 30 years, Suratgar’s press was well-known for its hand-painted billboards and customer service. But by 2013, digital printing had arrived in Mazar-e-Sharif and Suratgar Printing Press’s outdated production processes couldn’t compete. Suratgar knew he had to upgrade, but never had sufficient collateral to secure a bank loan.

A young man and the motorcycle repair program that launched a new ‘family business’

Hanan Shah Agha proudly calls himself a full-time motorbike mechanic. It is a marked step up from being unemployed and without prospects, before he graduated from a 78-day vocational training program on motorcycle repair.


Last updated: May 27, 2015

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