Women in the Economy

Monthly Highlights

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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