Through USAID's Local Governance and Community Development project, men from Zadran District are recieving training in diesel engine repair
Trainees receive instruction during the diesel engine repair training.
Zadran District lacks adequate employment opportunities for working-aged men, and government service delivery has been much lower than in other districts of Paktya Province. Through the support of USAID’s Local Governance and Community Development (LGCD) project, 25 working-aged men from Zadran District are receiving training in diesel engine repair, supplemented by basic small-business entrepreneurship instruction to allow them to successfully market their new skills. The activity aims to improve the ability of the trainees to earn income and contribute to the area’s overall economic growth with a profession that takes advantage of the vehicle traffic created by the USAID-funded Khost-Gardez road running through Zadran. The director of the Paktya Department of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and the Disabled has actively supported the training by making several site visits to monitor progress and demonstrate GIRoA’s ability to support capacity-building service delivery.
Habib Jan, a trainee, described the importance of the training: “All the trainees are among the poorest in their villages, and they don’t have jobs. That’s why they are here. Our communities have a high demand for engine repair skills, and we hope this will be a good source of income for us in the future.”
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