The USAID cash-forwork activities brought stability and an economic opportunity to a local farmer
3 DECEMBER 2011 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
Through stabilization projects, local residents are able to improve their quality of life and earn a steady income.
Ask anyone who lives in Daman District and they will tell you exactly what they think of the roads. While most of what they say is unprintable, it is easy to see that road conditions are deplorable. During the dry season, roads are bumpy, dusty, and full of potholes. Although trucks are the preferred method of transport, farmers are sometimes forced to rely on pack animals to move their produce to the market.
Sayed Rakhmat is a wheat farmer in the district. The road that passes by his farm is the only one that connects his house to the market in Kandahar. “The road is always in terrible condition,” he declared. Without the ability to transport his produce to the market, he failed to make enough money to sustain his farm. “Because of this, I’m forced to watch most of my wheat crop spoil every year,” he added bitterly. This loss forced him to travel a long distance to Kandahar to provide for his family through menial, low-paying jobs.
To help farmers in the region, the Kandahar Municipality asked USAID to rehabilitate a 10 km section of road that will connect several villages with the district center, and the main road to Kandahar City.
Because the road had a direct impact on Sayed’s farm, he started working on the project as a laborer. He plans to invest the money he earns from the project to buy wheat seeds. He is also pleased with the quality of work being done on the road. “The road compaction will assure that it will stay smooth for a long time. It’s obvious that this project has been planned well,” said Sayed. He is happy that he will be able to get his wheat crop to the market in years to come.
USAID continues to promote stability in Afghanistan’s most volatile provinces by assisting local government structures to respond to community needs and address the major drivers of instability.
Last updated: January 12, 2015