Program Updates

Last updated: January 31, 2019

January 31, 2019

In Afghanistan, many jobs are not considered traditionally or culturally appropriate for women. Families are often reluctant to allow their female members to work in male-dominated workplaces. For example, less than 26 percent of the civil service in Afghanistan are women. However, many women in Afghanistan are overcoming these cultural restrictions to pursue their careers in this male-dominated country.

March 28, 2018

Finding a job was Sonita’s* main objective when she graduated from an Afghan university in 2015, but with no work experience to show on her résumé, her search seemed futile.

May 1, 2017

Mr. Rahmatullah is a 40-year-old farmer from Wazir village of Zheray district, Kandahar. Every year, Rahmatullah and his brother Abdul Manan, cultivate poppy on their two hectares of land to support their fifteen member family. “From years, we cultivate poppies on this land to feed our children. Other licit crops do not produce sustainable income to rely on,” says Rahmatullah.

April 7, 2017

Afghanistan’s agricultural sector produces fresh and dried fruits and nuts of the highest quality and pomegranates that are widely considered some of the best in the world. Marketing and shipping Afghanistan’s agricultural bounty abroad, however, remains a huge challenge for many Afghan farmers and traders.

March 16, 2017

Running a women-owned business in male dominant industry presents its own set of challenges. Women entrepreneurs and employers face significantly greater challenges than men in gaining access to financial services. Provisions of collateral against loan, conservative societal perception, limited access to knowledge and financial institutions are some of the salient issues that prevent women from fully participating in economy.

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