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Reducing poverty by promoting economic growth
The primary goal of USAID/Afghanistan’s Economic Growth program is to promote a thriving economy led by the private sector, as stable political and economic conditions prevent terrorism from flourishing in fragile or failing states. In order to improve economic policy and the business environment, USAID aims to continue to promote macroeconomic reform, revenue collection, and privatization of state-owned enterprises. To continue to assist in the improvement of private sector competitiveness, USAID will continue to develop industrial business parks, assist Afghan firms to compete in the global market, and support SMEs.
10 June 2013
It might have seemed an enormous leap of faith for Nazifa Ufyani to resign her bank job and start a pickle factory in her kitchen...
23 May 2013
Gul Alam and other job-seekers in the northern Afghan province of Balkh are learning how to cut stone and for Gul, more than anyone else,...
16 May 2013
Zoya Hemat is a client assistant at a private bank in Kabul. Till recently, says the 22-year-old, she was acutely aware that she lacked the...
15 May 2013
In March 2013, Mohammad Asef received an unusual request. It was about his daughter, Amena, who was all of 21. USAID’s Afghan Workforce Development Program...
14 May 2013
Abdul Basir Hotak’s plans for Afghanistan’s cashmere sector include some evolution and a small revolution. Hotak, whose cashmere processing company supplies hand spun yarn to...
13 May 2013
Entrepreneurs from across Afghanistan flocked to the Access to Finance exhibition organized by the Afghanistan Banks Association with USAID support. Over the course of two...
15 March 2011
USAID/Afghanistan Brainstorming group during Economic Trade and Press Club meeting. Twenty-nine Afghan journalists attended the Second Trade and Economic Press Club Meeting...
15 March 2011
USAID/TAFA APTTCA delegation leaders. From February 11 through 12, the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Coordinating Authority (APTTCA) held its first meeting in...
20 February 2011
Takhar Province, Afghanistan
Mayor of Takhar Province gives information to the media about Takhar Grain Market. On January 20, provincial, district, and local officials from Takhar Province...
3 February 2011
To modernize the customs facilities at Kabul International Airport, all goods that had amassed over the last year in the customs area, have been removed...
15 October 2010
USAID’s Trade Accession and Facilitation for Afghanistan project recently completed its nationwide Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) survey on trade and customs. The KAP survey...
Afghanistan is a country rich in minerals and natural resources, including copper, iron ore, coal, and natural gas. Situated near some of the largest and...
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19 June 2013
Five Afghan companies signed the first Public-Private Alliances (PPAs) with USAID in Kabul today. These companies have matched USAID funding, reaching a total investment value...
12 June 2013
Consumers from Kabul City can now pay their electricity bills through the mobile phones. At today’s ceremony, CEO of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS),...
26 May 2013
Afghanistan grows high-quality pomegranates, grapes, apples, and other fruits, but has trouble exporting them. Today, a group of Afghan officials, entrepreneurs, and international donors organized...
29 May 2013
Eighteen women celebrated their graduation from the USAID Women in Government Internship Program in Jalalabad on Wednesday. These women completed six-month internships at either Nangarhar...
27 May 2013
Afghan business owners struggle to obtain the capital, management advice, equipment, and technologies needed to grow their businesses. Women and youth can make significant contributions...
22 May 2013
Some 80 percent of Afghan women have regular or occasional access to mobile phones, according to a survey conducted in late 2012. Funded by the...
Kardan University held their second annual job fair on Thursday with 50 private sector companies and over 2,000 job seekers. The event gave skilled, Afghan...
11 May 2013
Afghanistan is home to 60 known deposits of 35 varieties of marble. To promote the growth of this sector, the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan...
9 May 2013
A group of 160 mid-level jobseekers received their graduation certificates after completing USAID-funded training programs in project management, and business communications and employability skills. These...
24 April 2013
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan celebrated World Intellectual Property Day today in a sign of Afghanistan’s commitment to the intellectual property rights...
Despite the economic growth since the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan remains one of the world's poorest countries with 40 percent unemployment and half the population living in some form of poverty. Ongoing security concerns, challenge Afghans to double their efforts to establish a self-sustaining economy that encourages trade and investment required to generate jobs. USAID’s economic growth programs helps the Afghan government (GIRoA) develop sound economic governance and works with the private sector to stimulate investment and business opportunities post-transition. USAID partners with Afghans and GIRoA to attract investment, generate sustainable employment, and expand market linkages—goals especially critical as we head towards transition in 2014.
USAID Afghanistan’s Economic Growth program uses a multipronged approach to build Afghanistan’s economic stability. USAID supports Afghan businessmen and women in the private sector to access finance, connect to markets, and gain the skills they need for their businesses to prosper. USAID improves business climate through the work with GIRoA and with Afghan business associations. USAID supports high-potential investment opportunities in the extractives industry, and works with GIRoA to increase government revenue and improve government effectiveness. At a policy level, USAID supports trade reform and Afghanistan’s accession to the World Trade Organization, fiscal reform, and land reform.
DEVELOPING THE PRIVATE SECTOR
USAID focuses on improving private-sector productivity and the business environment to attract private-sector investment. USAID supported the development of industrial parks in Kabul and Mazar-i Sharif, and provides a wide range of business development services to encourage the establishment and growth of all enterprises including management skills training, market information, and public-private alliance grants. To date, USAID and GIRoA have created some 493,000 jobs and launched 56 public-private partnerships leveraging more than $95 million from private sector-partners in insurance, natural resource extraction, apparel, communications/media, information technology, and food processing.
STRENGTHENING BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS
USAID and GIRoA’s support for business associations resulted in establishing a Chamber of Commerce and Industry offices in Kandahar, Mazar-i Sharif, Hirat, Kunduz, and Jalalabad, and building the capacity of other provincial and local business associations. Over the past decade, USAID has helped establish 125 business associations (including 27 women-owned) and supported more than 250 associations with grants for equipment, capacity building, and improving member services.
TRADE AND INVESTMENT
USAID helps GIRoA and the private-sector maximize regional and global trade linkages and export-oriented business development through assistance in trade policy liberalization and World Trade Organization (WTO) accession, trade facilitation and customs reform, and public outreach on trade-related issues. USAID worked with GIRoA to negotiate the Afghanistan-Pakistan Trade and Transit Agreement, advised on the ratification of the South Asia Free Trade Agreement, and supported the successful initiation of the WTO accession process. USAID is working alongside GIRoA to promote transparency, reduce trade barriers, and increase customs revenue.
ENHANCING COMPETITIVENESS & INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY
USAID helps to strengthen institutional capacity, promote transparency, and improve the business enabling environment in Afghanistan. Legal and regulatory reforms to improve the business-enabling environment have already resulted in more than $1.5 billion in telecom investment and created more than 100,000 jobs since 2003. Assistance to key ministries and government agencies is strengthening capacity and performance, as exemplified by improvements in budget planning and execution and an increase of 180 percent in fiscal revenues from $715,000 in March 2008, to $2 billion in March 2012.
Property rights are a complex issue for all Afghans, but especially for the millions living in informal settlements after decades of conflict. USAID is assisting the Afghan Land Authority to ensure the clear transfer and documentation of land ownership for Afghan citizens in informal settlements. Program activities also supported the National Land Law, approved in 2008 which helped to streamline land registry offices in 21 provinces, and established a land survey/mapping curriculum at the Kabul Polytechnic University. Cooperation with the Supreme Court streamlined the registration of property from 34 steps to just three for urban land, and four for rural land.
Afghanistan is able to expand its financial services with the development of a sustainable and inclusive financial sector that serves the needs of micro, small, and medium enterprises throughout the country, with a special focus on the agricultural sector, and the southern and eastern regions. By 2012, USAID-funded credit unions disbursed more than 58,000 loans (13 percent to women) in 17 provinces, totaling $57 million, and helping to create more than 88,000 jobs. USAID is encouraging the growth of mobile banking as an innovative foundational investment to promote financial inclusion and lessen corruption through technology.
MININGAfghanistan has a wealth of natural resources, which, if exploited in line with international standards, could dramatically improve equitable growth and increase government revenues. USAID-funded research, undertaken by the United States Geological Survey in partnership with the Ministry of Mines, has resulted in the identification of significant deposits of industrial and precious minerals across Afghanistan with a total estimated value close to $1 trillion. USAID has supported the gemstone sector through training in stone-cutting and polishing. Assistance to the marble sector has resulted in the establishment of a sustainable marble association, convening of international marble conferences in Afghanistan, introduction of modern marble quarrying techniques, and facilitation of marble exports exceeding $24 million annually.
Fact Sheet Economic Growth Sector - Feb 2013
Afghan Growth Finance (AGF)
Afghan New Beginning Program
Afghanistan Credit Support Program (ACSP)
Afghanistan National Innovation and Competitiveness Program
Afghanistan Renewal Fund
Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development (ASMED)
Afghanistan Workforce Development Program (AWDP)
Agriculture, Rural Investment, and Enterprise Strengthening (ARIES)
Aid Management and Coordination and Public Information
Air Traffic Controllers Training to the Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation (MoCAT) (Phase II)
Arazi (Afghan Land Authority) via MAIL (Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock) On-Budget Component
Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE)
Building Livelihoods and Trade by Turquoise Mountain Foundation (TMF)
Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP)
Development Credit Authority (DCA)
Economic Governance & Private Sector Strengthening (EGPSS)
Economic Governance in Afghanistan
Economic Growth and Governance Initiative (EGGI)
E-Governance Resource Center (EGRC)
English and Computer Basic Training for Afghanistan Geology Survey (AGS)
Establishment of National Payment System
Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA)
Investment Climate Reform Program in Afghanistan (Doing Business Indicators)
Land Reform in Afghanistan (LARA)
Land Titling and Economic Restructuring Activity (LTERA)
Promoting Sustainable Private Sector Development
Provision of Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Finance/Treasury
Rural Finance and Cooperative Development (RUFCOD)
Strengthening Private Sector through Capacity Building
Trade and Accession Facilitation for Afghanistan (TAFA)
Women Enterprise Development (WED)
Women in Government Internship Program (WIG)
Midamar CEO Bill Aossey (right) meets with mulberry farmers and Noor Akbara (right), Project Coordinator, Horticulture and Livestock Project, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. The mulberry grove was one of several places that Aossey visited during his one week visit to Afghanistan where he investigated potential trade and investment opportunities in Panjsher and Bamyan provinces.
An employee at the Paiman Atlas Group carpet facility in Kabul uses some of the new equipment to process Afghan carpets for export.
New managers at the Herat Medium
Taxpayer Office display their certificates
after completing a USAID-funded
management training course.
The company owner Ezatullah Qaderi explaining its products to entrepreneurs.
Clearing of the customs site at Kabul International Airport.
A construction worker at the Sabawoon Feed Mill.
USAID/LTERA/Emerging Markets Group
A customer with a copy of his digitized title deed.
A revoluntion in Afghan Cashmere
Equipment used for potato chip production at A Sail Food Products.
Aimal, a student in the BBA program, conducts research for his marketing class.
A woman places peppers out to dry.
The computerized business registration system in use at the Jalalabad branch of the Afghanistan Central Business Registry.
From left to right, Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne, Coordinating Director for Development and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul; Khan Jan Alekozay, Deputy Chairman of ACCI; Afghan Minister of Commerce and Industry Wahidullah Shahrani; William M. Frej, Mission Director for USAID Afghanistan; and Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor cut the ribbon on the new Mazari Sharif branch of the Afghanistan Central Business Registry.
U.S. Deputy Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne visits Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherket (DABS) to discuss the U.S. government's more than $40 million investment to increase Afghans' access to electricity.
The Afghan Artist and Artisan Exhibition in Hirat led to sales of more than $60,000.
Customers admire Afghan carpets at Domotex 2010 in Hannover, Germany.
Afghan traders generated more than $5.2 million in export deals at the Domotex Carpet Trade show recently held in Germany.
The Afghan Craft Cut and Wash Facility allows all steps of the carpet weaving process to occur in Afghanistan.
Afghan delegation at Domotex 2009.
The Afghan delegation at the Tajikistan Development Exposition.
Afghan entrepreneurs open new shops with the help of FINCA loans.
The Afghan Marble Conference attracted 120 producers, association members, government officials, and diplomats.
Afghanistan Carpet Booth from Domotex 2009.
The DAB Head of Payments discusses the live operations of the Clearinghouse.
Representatives from Arcan Stone exhibit some of their products at the Afghanistan International Marble Conference.
Ian Wagreich/© U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani speaks at the Afghanistan Investment Forum.
The Aqcha Islamic Investment and Finance Cooperative celebrates its third anniversary.
Newly constructed stalls in Almar Market in Faryab.
A young man learns how to run a tailoring business as part of an apprenticeship program for day laborers in Jalalabad.
Students graduate from the ASMED business internship program.
At a job fair held at the Afghanistan Technical Vocational Institute (ATVI), graduating students complete employment applications. ATVI prepares its students for employment in key sectors including horticulture, construction, information and communications technology (ICT), and vehicle maintenance.
USAID conducts many types of vocational training – such as courses in vehicle maintenance, masonry, and carpentry – to provide Afghan citizens with the skills needed to obtain stable jobs. These men are now equipped to work as car mechanics.
The Afghan Women’s Business Federation’s first annual conference was held on February 25, 2009.
AWBF members display their products at the annual Opportunities for Women Business Conference in Jalalabad.
Women entrepreneurs enjoyed brisk sales at the AWBF Spring Expo.
23,000 chicks hatched in December, laying the foundation for a poultry industry revival in eastern Afghanistan.
A textile manufacturer at Bagrami Industrial Park.
The Behsud District Textile Factory provides washing, pressing, and dyeing services to small and medium-sized textile weaving enterprises.
Border facility in December 2005
Border Facility in December, 2007
GIRoA Budgetary Unit staff receive training in program budgeting, Kabul.
U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry and Minister of Commerce and Industry, H.E. Anwarul Haq Ahadi talk to participants at the Accelerating Afghanistan Business Growth Conference.
A woman entrepreneur receives her business development course certificate of completion.
A student at Turquoise Mountain’s Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture practices calligraphy.
USAID-supported, Sharia-compliant financing helped Sayed Mahmmad purchase a cane juice machine and expand his business.
Among other products, the trade fair featured high-quality Afghan carpets.
Potential customers admire Afghan carpets at the Domotex Middle East Trade Show.
Domotex carpet trade show, Hanover, Germany.
A carpet in process as part of a carpet weaving and business skills training in Baghlan province.
Case preparation at the new Taxpayer Service Center in Hirat.
Participants learn about trade issues at the Conference on National Youth Policy.
Afghan carpet makers enjoying their time at Domotex 2010.
Haji Nabi of Zinnat Carpet accepts the award for Best Modern Design at Domotex Hanover.
A Dream and Achieve contestant.
During the filming of Dream and Achieve, contestants present their business plans to a panel of judges.
Cartons of eggs stand in the front of Abdul Naser’s market stall in Kishim, Badakhshan Province.
Afghanistan contains sizable deposits of gemstones, including emeralds.
Participants of the Baseline Assessment Survey of Women and Young Entrepreneurs workshop in Kabul.
Dr. Jalil Shams, Minister of Economy (left); Prince Mostapha Zaher, General Director of the National Environmental Protection Agency (center); and Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, Minister of Finance (right) exchange the CAWSS transfer memorandum.
Afghan textiles and handicrafts generated significant interest from Russian buyers.
Elaine Eliah USAID/ADPNW
Nazo, one of the top tailors at the garment production center, loves designing women’s clothing and can reproduce designs pictured in magazines.
The UN World Food Programme helps Kabul residents.
Kabul Mayor Mohammed Younus Nawandish and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry cut the ribbon to re-open the Foroshgah-E-Borzorg Shopping Center in Kabul.
Fourteen community leaders discussed their role in the development of Uruzgan province.
An Afghan entrepreneur displays his fresh fruit at the trade fair in Moscow.
Sayed Mahmmad and his brother prepare their produce for sale.
Graduation ceremony at the Gemstone Training Center in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province.
An intern graduates from USAID’s program at Kabul University.
Officials at the Grand Opening Ceremony for the Kunar Islamic Investment and Finance Cooperative (IIFC).
Dr. Jatinder Cheema congratulates a graduate of the Afghan Vocational Training Institute on May 15, 2008.
A farmer in Dand prepares his greenhouse for winter planting.
Ambassador Wayne, USAID Mission Director Frej, and Minister of Commerce and Industry Shahrani inaugurate the Hirat ACBR.
The Insurance Company of Afghanistan’s web portal, www.icaaf.com.
IIFC clients purchasing tractor plows for their fields in Kandahar.
An IIFC member receives medical services.
Women's associations displayed their products at the International Carpet Fair.
Students take the internship program entrance examination in Qalat, Zabul province.
EGGI principal advisors lecture during the Introduction to the Economy of Afghanistan training session.
Carpet traders examine goods at the opening of the Jalalabad Carpet Bazaar.
A truck loaded with Afghan goods prepares for travel at the Kabul Inland Customs Depot. Under APTTA, trucks will use electronic tracking devices.
Journalists practice interview techniques with a trader at the Kabul Customs House.
This fruit juice, made from Panjsher Province’s fresh fruits and vegetables, is selling well at local markets and fairs.
Box factory employees make cardboard sheets during the box-production process.
An Afghan farmer works in the olive fields of Nangarhar.
At the Mazari Sharif International AgFair, an Afghan woman demonstrates her carpet weaving skills. USAID supports carpet weaving training and carpet branding programs to help women carpet weavers improve their craft and sales opportunities.
Participants demonstrate a mobile banking funds transfer as Central Bank Governor Abdul Qadeer Fitrat observes.
Mobile phone tower in Chamkani.
Afghan products on display at the Moscow Fair of Afghanistan Products.
Mrs. Semeen, a longtime resident of District # 7 in Kabul City sits on the
community council and is the Director of the Women’s Center: “Because of this USAID program, people are hopeful and satisfied that this community will become a formal part of the city.”
Muhammad Rahim Karimzai holds a press conference after being elected as the first Talc Association Director.
The director of the Cotton Seller’s Association cuts the ribbon at the Cotton Pressing and Recycling Factory’s inaugural event.
Nangarhar Beekeepers Association Manager Manzoor Ahmad proudly displays honey processed in Afghanistan.
Afghan officials, international donors, and community leaders celebrate the launch of the Nangarhar Industrial Park construction.
Students at Nangarhar Medical School work in the new computer lab, which was refurbished and equipped with Internet access by a unique partnership between USAID, NATO, the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, Nangarhar University, and other Afghan partners.
The newly refurbished lab at Nangarhar University’s School of Computer Science.
The agreement with the Ministry of Mines was announced at a Nuristani Gemstone Association general assembly meeting.
Afghan students now have the opportunity to learn using computers and the Internet thanks to USAID, the One Laptop per Child Foundation, the Afghan Government, and private sector partners.
Former Deputy Mission Director Chuck Drilling hands a laptop to an Afghan student.
Children in Baghlan line up to receive their One Laptop per Child computers. Equipped with Internet connectivity, educational software, and a small business tutorial and market information toolkit provided in Dari and Pashto by USAID, the laptops are a valuable tool for the entire family.
Students at a middle school in Kandahar received laptops through the One Laptop Per Child Afghanistan initiative. The computers provide students and their families with access to word processing, the Internet, job information, and resources for small business and farm development.
Packing pomegranates in Kandahar
Packing wool at the Ikhlas Wool Spinning Company.
Afghan carpets displayed at trade show in Las Vegas
You see my own equipment, except the new loom, is over 30 years old. If I weave a patu for the market, I will do it all in one day. But if I make a patu for the village, for a wedding or celebration, then two days. It is a beautiful gift for the wedding. They know what I do here, because I always weave the patu. Ask if I am good? -Aliachmad, 70- years-old, works behind his patu loom in the hills of the Shamali Plains.
"Thank you to everybody who helped to build our road. It is very good. What used to take one hour to drive, now takes only 10 minutes. Before, it was so bumpy and dusty. And we used to travel at 30 km/hour, at most. Now we can go up to 110 km. /hour. This is very good for my business.” - Noor Rahman, Taxi Driver, Wardak Province
Religious leaders sign letters confirming that financial services are legitimate and Sharia compliant.
Jeremy Foster RAMP/Afghanistan
Noria Sedequi supervises 25 women working in the Vegetable Dehydrates Factory.
Kim Kim Yee: USAID/Afghanistan
Members of the silkworm production display their silk-embroidered products.
Photo: Alejandro Chicheri
Afghan women prepare flatbreads at a bakery.
Widows in Adraskan, Herat voted to form an association to produce and market traditional wool carpets in a USAID funded project.
Buyer’s representative signs documents to privatize Hayratan Technical Services.
Photo Courtesy of CADG
USAID representatives meet a shop owner
in the revitalized bazaar along the new
Chutu Road. New markets are springing
up before the project is even completed.
Ribbon cutting ceremony at The American University of Afghanistan's Bernice Nachman Marlowe Library.
Provincial Council member Mahbobullah Mahbob cuts the ribbon to inaugurate the Kunduz Gemstone Training Center.
Trainees receive wool, nylon, and looms to start their own textile businesses.
Aziz Ahmad interns at Roshan Telecommunications. Roshan provides mobile phone service throughout Afghanistan – and on-the-job training to talented students like Aziz.
Shura leaders and community members attend an IIFC orientation in Samangan province.
USAID/World Council of Credit Unions
A team of volleyball players that received assistance from the Samangan IIFC.
The Nangarhar Seed Producer and Wholesaler Association’s new seed storage facility in Jalalabad.
A trainer instructs staff of the SherKhan Bandar border branch on how to use CBS reports.
Amin is showing his newly soap making skills by mixing plant oil and caustic lye together. He acquired these skills through intensive vocational training on the fundamentals of soap making, which were provided as a result of USAID's community-based small grant toward a soap making factory for the Wazir community in Nangarhar Province in Eastern Afghanistan. Once USAID-supported road construction efforts are completed in the region, the road and the soap making factory will have a positive impact on the well-being of the Wazir community.
Henk Boneschans, International Relief and Development
Working with the Afghan
Government, USAID’s Strategic
project rehabilitates rural
roads across southern and
eastern Afghanistan. These
development projects provide
job skills to people like
Amin and make a positive
impact for the community.
Mapari from Lokhai, Nangarhar, can now provide for her children and send them to school as a result of SPR community grants.
Students learned new mapping and information management skills.
Sample distribution for the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices survey on trade and customs.
Dignitaries including Minister of Communications and Information Technology Sangin (cutting the ribbon) and the Governor of Takhar presided over the inauguration of the new center.
The Takhan Women’s Handicrafts Skills Association displaying their products.
A Da Afghanistan Bank teller prints a CBS-issued voucher following a client transaction.
Afghan Central Business Registry, small and medium enterprises
The Surat Zadah Flour Mill in Balkh province will generate 160 employment opportunities due to a $500,000 loan from the USAID-assisted Afghanistan Rural Finance Center
USAID/ASGP Kabul Staff
Thirty vulnerable women are learning skills in jewelry making and hope to develop their association into a sustainable cooperative.
Tirin Kot’s residents are pleased to have new concrete drains and sidewalks.
Students hone their pottery skills at Turquoise Mountain’s Institute for Afghan Arts and Architecture.
Reporters from Tolo TV filming a documentary on how to use the new directory.
A new traffic circle in Farah City.
Training at the Kunar Directorate of Agriculture for new text message system distribution market price information.
Gemologists learn to identify real and synthetic gemstones.
Women in eastern Afghanistan like Musharaba are now enjoying newfound confidence and skills in carpet weaving and literacy thanks to USAID.
Newly hired interns participate in a two-day orientation session.
Women trainees are proud to learn how to make jam and juice while earning an income to support their families.
New women members of the Nangarhar Islamic Investment and Finance Cooperative.
Work commences on an industrial park.
Workers producing salt at the Omid Kabul Company. The new loan will create new jobs and expand their services across thecountry.
WIG program- provided government internships for over 300 women—with a 75% placement rate in a variety of jobs
Introduced streamlined customs procedures at seven locations across Afghanistan, saving valuable time and millions of dollars of expenses.
Afghanistan Small and Medium Enterprise Development programs have supported more than 11,000 Afghan businesses and helped create 1,300 new enterprises
490 businesswomen from 15 provinces have participated in nine business and gender workshops
Facilitated $7.3 million private sector loans approved with $28.9 million in loan applications in the pipeline
(Data as of F2013)
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