Women in the Economy

Monthly Highlights

Salt Business Reaches its Potential Through MBA Corps Program

The Ahmad Mokhtar Production Company (AMPC) of Mazar-i-Sharif is an established salt and snack production company doing business since 2015. It provides salt to six other provinces in Afghanistan and employs 20 women in the processing of salt. But the company lacked sound management ...

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Cooking up a Storm in Herat

Nasima, a native Herati and an accomplished businesswoman, has 12 years professional management experience working for NGOs concerned with human rights and social affairs. She always dreamed to have her own business, and she wished to open a dining and leisure establishment where women ...

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Helping Spread the Voice of Afghan Women

Founded in 2016 by Ms. Sourya Samar, Zan (Women’s) TV is the first woman-owned TV channel established in Afghanistan. Ms. Samar comes from an extensive background in media and has produced many documentaries about women’s issues. At the start of operations, Zan TV faced ...

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A Nursing Internship Gave Her a Career

Maryam is 22 years old, and a graduate of a nursing college in Kabul. However , with no practical work experience, she could not find a job. Maryam became very discouraged and was worried that after her family invested in a good education for ...

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Teachers are our Foundation

Ms. Zakia is from the eastern region of Nangarhar, she is 23 and well educated with a college degree in mathematics. Her family values education, and her father a pharmacist supports his daughter’s wish to work and contribute to their large family. However, Zakia ...

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Back from the Brink of Despair

Shaima, a native Herati, is 37 years old and both mother and father to her three children, one of whom is disabled. A teacher graduate, she never worked as she married soon after graduation and then raised her children while her husband provided. But ...

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A Small Loan and Hard Work Pays Off

As the only bread winner for her elderly mother, three siblings and two orphaned nephews, life has not been easy for 27 year old Masooma. She supports her extended family with the income she generates from her work as a seamstress. Masooma struggled with ...

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Couture Fashion on the Rise in Mazar-i-Sharif

Located in Mazar-i-Sharif, Amina Enayatzada opened Kashesh Handicrafts in 2013. The company designs and makes a range of ready-to-wear and high fashion women’s garments, bed linens, and other textile home décor items. Amina has 15 years of design and tailoring experience, and she built ...

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Apprenticeship Program Alleviates a Family’s Poverty

Twenty-two-year-old Suhaila* is originally from the rural northern Afghan province of Samangan. She graduated from a local accounting institute but there were no job opportunities for her in her native province. In 2015, the family moved to Mazar-i-Sharif in the hope that work could ...

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Home Dairy

Sima is from a village outside Mazar-i-Sharif. She rarely ever went out of her village, and the city was almost unknown to her. To support her rural life, she kept two cows, and sold milk to fellow villagers to help support her family. She ...

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Latifa’s Ladies Gym

Latifa from Herat had a long-term dream to provide fitness services to women in her city. In 2013, she started a small female only fitness club – in her own home basement! Space and equipment was limited yet she attracted a small number of ...

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Sustainable work from home solution for Afghan returnees

The Afghanistan Rugs and Carpet Center (ARCC) of Jalalabad was established in 2014, and it has since worked to support the Afghan carpet industry by professionalizing the sector and producing high quality carpets and rugs based on national and increasing international demand. ARCC creates ...

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Her Dream Job is Achieved

For as long as she can remember Fatima’s* dream was to work as a journalist. She is lucky in that she always has her family’s support, and she graduated from the Journalism Faculty of Herat University. Through WIE, Fatima found an internship with Asr ...

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Internship leads to full-time job

Like many young people in Kabul, 22-year old Khadija suffered from lack of finances during much of her youth. Khadija’s father values a good education so, even though they lacked funds, he always supported his children’s school needs. Upon graduation, Khadija enrolled in a ...

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Afghan Fashion House on the Rise

Jama Designs is a woman-owned, Kabul-based fashion house that launched last year and soon developed a loyal following of local and international customers. However, the new business faced growing pains which thwarted its potential growth. The business owner lacked proper financial as well as ...

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From Scholarship to Entrepreneurship!

Jalalabad native, Dr Shokria is a graduate from the medical faculty of Arian University. For two years, she struggled to find work in a medical clinic, but the traditional environment in which she lives combined with her lack of practical work experience counted against ...

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Designing her Dreams

Twenty-four year old Sadaf was born in Iran and received a good primary education there. She was always interested in art and design. Before she started university, the family returned to their native Afghanistan, and Sadaf chose to study graphic design and entered the ...

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Seeing the world through her heart

Sediqa from Herat resembles many other WIE beneficiaries in that she has university education, and a desire to put her education to professional use. One thing distinguishes her from other women participating in the program.She is blind.  Through sheer perseverance, she completed secondary ...

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Sughra’s Career Ladder

Sughra Danish, aged 25, is from the Balkhab district of Sar-e-Pul province in northern Afghanistan. After graduating from the English Department of Sar-e-Pul University in 2016, Sughra started looking for a full time job. As with so many other graduates, she lacked practical experience and ...

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Intern Becomes First Female CT Scan Operator in Jawzjan Province

Healthcare professionals and the general public perceive the need for human capital investment and skills development in the Afghan medical sector; investment into the sector is needed as is the availability of qualified staff proficient in the use of medical technology. Internships provided through USAID ...

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Midwife Internships Lead to Full Time Staff Appointments in Afghan Provincial Hospitals

In some of the more remote areas of Afghanistan, professional work opportunities for educated young Afghan women remain very limited. Two female midwife interns in provincial hospitals, however, used their opportunities to be hired as full time, permanent hospital staff. They are now able ...

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MFI Trainee Finances Her Family’s Needs

  Samira, from Samangan province in the north of Afghanistan, is 21 years old, and a graduate of a local finance and administration institute.  Shortly after she completed her studies, her large family moved to the urban center of Mazar-I-Sharif which is a modern ...

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Logistics Internship In Ghor Leads to a New Career Path

Roya, a 22-year old girl from Ghor Province of Western Afghanistan is a graduate of a local teacher training center and language institute. She completed her studies with high hopes of finding a decent job that would enable her to help her parents financially as ...

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Jalalabad Food Processing Company Poised for Expansion after Business Evaluation

Gift to Zest (G2Z) is a Jalalabad-based food processing company that was established with AFN 400,000 (USD 6,000) in 2002; the company specializes in producing jams, pickles, and tomato paste. Although the company’s production was efficient, its internal management and financial record keeping lacked professional and ...

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Young Women Enter the Workforce in Kandahar

Kandahar is one of the more culturally restrictive provinces in Afghanistan. The Taliban controlled Kandahar from 1994 to 2002, banning young women from going to work and denying girls access to education. Today, this societal barrier is still in effect, and most Kandahari women seeking ...

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Women in the Workplace a “Win-Win for Business

When Rising Sun Consulting and Business Service saw an a need to have more personnel for their business, they found a new source to fill their staffing requirement. Rising Sun Consulting and Business Service, or RSCBS, is a private company that provides taxation, internal audit, ...

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Removing barriers to finance

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 ...

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Intern Founds ICT Company

Over the last 10 years, the changing technology landscape in Afghanistan has opened up new opportunities for Afghan women, particularly in the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) sector. Internships provided through USAID Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE) are giving Afghan women the work experience ...

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Business Owner Expands Her Company with Access to Finance

Fadilah*, like many girls from under-educated families across Afghanistan, dropped out of school in the 7th grade. This challenge didn’t stop Fadilah from trying to improve her economic situation, so she started a home-based tailoring business in Mazar-i-Sharif.  But as skilled as Fadilah is ...

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USAID CELEBRATES MOBILE APP THAT COMBATS STREET HARASSMENT

Kabul, Afghanistan – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MOLSAMD) celebrated the launch of a new mobile application that is designed to help Afghan women and girls cope with street ...

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Afghan Women to Use Technology to Stop Street Harassment

As part of ongoing celebrations of Women’s History Month, USAID’s Promote Women in the Economy (WIE) program recognized three women who developed the best concepts for a mobile device application to help women confront street harassment in Afghanistan. The applications, developed as part of ...

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The First Step Forward on My Career Path

Eighteen-year-old Najia Amani* from Herat graduated from high school last year. Her goal was to help her country by working in a business. “I understand that the economy is one of the most important keys to a country’s improvement,” she said. However, like many girls ...

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Internship builds confidence for a young jobseeker

PROMOTE: Internship builds confidence for a young jobseeker - Newsletters Internship builds confidence for a young jobseeker Anusheh Behzadi*, a high school graduate from Herat, completed a two year English language course in hopes of finding a well-paying job. Even with her academic background, ...

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Forward Together Scholarship Program for Young Afghan Females

PROMOTE: Forward Together Scholarship Program for Young Afghan Females - Success Stories Forward Together Scholarship Program for Young Afghan Females Promote: Women in the Economy is working to bridge the gap between education and employment opportunities through the introduction of “Forward Together” scholarships for ...

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USAID Promote: Women in the Economy Participates in 2nd Annual Education Expo in Kabul

PROMOTE: USAID Promote: Women in the Economy Participates in 2nd Annual Education Expo in Kabul - Newsletters USAID Promote: Women in the Economy Participates in 2nd Annual Education Expo in Kabul The Education Expo, now in its second year, brought together over 200 leading ...

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M-Paisa Provides Afghan Women with Affordable Access to Financial Services

PROMOTE: M-Paisa Provides Afghan Women with Affordable Access to Financial Services - Newsletters M-Paisa Provides Afghan Women with Affordable Access to Financial Services Over the last decade, Afghanistan’s economy has grown from $2 billion in 2002 to more than $20 billion in 2015. However, ...

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Job placement services offer permanent solutions

PROMOTE: Job placement services offer permanent solutions - Newsletters Job placement services offer permanent solutions Logar Province is located in the central zone of Afghanistan with a total of 655 villages and an estimated population of 411,845 people. Unemployment is high and work opportunities ...

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Mobile Apps Create Hope for Brighter Future for Young Afghan Women

PROMOTE: Mobile Apps Create Hope for Brighter Future for Young Afghan Women - Success Stories Mobile Apps Create Hope for Brighter Future for Young Afghan Women This is the story of 22-year old Fatima Azam*, a fourth-year Software Engineering student at Kabul University! Let’s ...

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New Graduate Sees Internship as Ticket to Her Dream Job

PROMOTE: New Graduate Sees Internship as Ticket to Her Dream Job - Success Stories New Graduate Sees Internship as Ticket to Her Dream Job Maryam Abraham[1] is one of the many young professionals in Afghanistan hoping to find a job. She earned her Bachelor’s ...

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AFGHAN WOMEN TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO STOP STREET HARASSMENT

AFGHAN WOMEN TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO STOP STREET HARASSMENT Three coders receive awards for designing the winning concept ideas for a mobile device application to fight street harassment during a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul on March 13, 2016. USAID For ...

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MOLSAMD AND USAID-PROMOTE TEAM UP TO OFFER AFGHAN WOMEN INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

MoLSAMD and USAID-Promote Team up to Offer Afghan Women Internship Opportunities USAID Afghanistan For Immediate Release Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Kabul, Afghanistan | August 9, 2016 – Today, by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has ...

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Mobile Apps Create Hope for Brighter Future for Young Afghan Women

Mobile Apps Create Hope for Brighter Future for Young Afghan Women [Edit] This is the story of 22-year old Fatima Azam*, a fourth-year Software Engineering student at Kabul University! Let’s hear how she got inspired to create a mobile app aiming to help her ...

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