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Transforming Lives

Masuma working out at her Alzahra Fitness Sports Club

Sports and fitness buff Masuma Hossaini is determined to educate fellow Afghan women and girls on the health benefits of staying fit through exercising, and to provide a safe environment where they can work out.

Hafasa (left) is transferring electronic top up credits to one of her customers from her home-based business.

Hafasa Aubi, an Afghan economics graduate, is defying the country's trend of women’s unemployment. Working as an mHawala (mobile money) agent for Etisalat, a telecommunications company, Aubi is paving the way for other women seeking employment. As an electronic payment system, mHawala allows Afghans to pay utility bills and transfer cash by cell phone.

Ahmad extended his artificial flowers business and also started embroidery business

Ahmad Wasim, a shopkeeper in Faizabad, a city in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province, started selling an assortment of artificial flowers and decoration services for weddings and banquet halls in 2010. But his business was seasonal and barely earned enough money to support his family.

Strengthened and Diversified Legal Rural Livelihoods in Targeted Districts

In addition to Afghanistan’s social, political and traditional problems, youth in rural Kandahar province, especially in districts far from the city, live in a state of despair, with a strong feeling of future uncertainty. Their major challenge is unemployment, resulting from high rates of illiteracy and lack of bankable skills.

Recent widow, Wajma, can now offset a lost income with the help of a cow provided by USAID’s Afghan Civilian Assistance Program

When Wajma’s* husband Faridullah was killed in a suicide attack at the Jalalabad airport on Feb. 27, 2012, she became one of the hundreds of women widowed each year as a result of the ongoing war in Afghanistan. But the mother of four had little time to grieve: “I was worried about the future and how I would support my children,” she recalls.

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Last updated: February 11, 2015

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