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Transforming Lives

Ahmad Tamim Mohebzada is an E-Commerce and Online Marketing Officer at Tolo Travel

In the past 14 years, the field of Information and Communications Technology has reconnected Afghanistan to the world. In 2001, there were no phone lines, let alone internet providers. Today, over a million people are using the internet and over 18 million people own cell phones according to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. 44 local internet providers and four local GSM phone operators supply ready information to a youthful population with a thirst for knowledge and a private sector anxious to build relationships with the international business community.

Sayed Abdul Karim, a farmer from Zhari district of Kandahar Province

In many rural areas of Kandahar Province, farmers grow fruits and vegetables which have to be sold in the market immediately after harvesting. An oversupply during the harvest season equals lower profits for the farmers.  Drying fruit and vegetables is one common solution.

Frozan Haidari is a finance manager at Mubtakar Women’s Social Organization

Ms. Frozan Haidari, like many other female university graduates, struggled to nail down a job after graduation. “I learned a great deal during my time at university but employers are looking for tangible experience,” Haidari asserted in a recent interview.

A worker at Kabul Mosaic pours concrete into new paving tile molds

People walk all over Mohammad Reza’s business, and he couldn’t be happier about it. His company, based in Kabul, was recently awarded a large contract to produce more than 300,000 square feet of mosaic tile to pave nearly 4.5 miles of sidewalk in the city.

Shakila, 20, the owner of 70 small ruminant herds in Aqcha district of Jowzjan province

Twenty-year old Shakila has never enjoyed the casual warmth and style of a cashmere sweater. “Keeping goats and sheep for more than a decade I honestly didn’t recognize its value,” she told an interviewer visiting northern Jowzjan province recently.

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Last updated: June 22, 2017

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