Until recently, Maroof* wasn’t able to grow his metalworking business because the shop, in Shibirghan in the northern Afghan province of Jawzjan, could not keep up with the competition. Its production capacity was limited and so were the tools used to make the doors, window frames, fencing and corrugated steel panels that were in demand.
Summer temperatures can soar to 109 F in Qala-i-Naw, capital of Afghanistan’s northwestern province of Badghis. The power supply is erratic and most households don’t have refrigerators, which can be a problem—as well as a business opportunity.
Shelter for Life is a microfinance institution in Kabul that provides loans to businesses. But it found it hard to track loans. Its loan officers in different cities did not have a centralized database to consult. They did not have access to accurate and timely information and could not take note of delinquency or manage defaults.
When journalist Rohullah Arman completed his investigation of opium cultivation in Afghanistan, he set a new bar. He was using numerical data to produce the report, a process unusual in Afghanistan, where reliable statistics are hard to come by.
In an effort to tackle high unemployment as well as a lack of trained workers, Afghan companies are getting help matching up workforce needs with skilled employees.
Last updated: September 06, 2016