Transforming a barren land into a sapling industry

Story of Sayed Mohammad Sayed Mohammad and his wife, a school-teacher, were making ends meet as a couple, living in the third istrict of Badakhshan province: Guzar Mohmmad Rahim-bay village. But as the family expanded to having three children, with two of them now of school-age, the household income became insufficient. Sayed had to think of a steady source of income that would cover his family’s daily consumption needs, plus some extra to save

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Banking on her savings, a widow plans daughters’ future

THE STORY OF MASOOMA Masooma, a 55-year old widow, used to rely completely on the earnings sent by her husband, who worked as a daily wage laborer in Iran. But after he fell ill, the family resorted to borrowing money from relatives for his treatment and the daily consumption needs of her six children. When her husband died of his illness, Masooma was forced to become the breadwinner for her children: five daughters and one son. Unable to provide

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A widow overcomes the odds

The Story of Arefa Arefa, 55, is a widow from Shinwari village in the Sayed Khail district of Parwan province. Since the death of her husband and the marriage of her three sons, who now have families of their own, Arefa had struggled, being the primary caretaker of her old mother, plus a nephew who had lost both of his parents. To Read the Full Document Click here

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Breaking boundaries: An Afghan woman in shoe-making

The Story of Habiba Like many Afghans, Habiba, 30, was seeking relief from poverty. The mother of four was struggling to make ends meet. The remittance of Habiba’s husband from Iran, where he scrapes by on migrant labor work was the only income of the family. Thus, Habiba was in constant search for income generating opportunities. To Read Full Document Click Here

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Looking forward to graduation

The Story of Nooria Following a stroke that paralyzed her husband, Sakhidad, Nooria, mother to their four children, had to become the breadwinner. She started selling bread baked in a Tandoor (traditional mud stoves), and bolani (bread with potato filling) in the village. And while Nooria was generating some income from this business, it was far from enough to feed her family. To Read Full Document Click Here

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Welding his path to success

The Story of Abdul Wahab Abdul Wahab, 46, overcame the daily struggles from his disability through hard work and determination. Banking on the metalworking and entrepreneurial skills he acquired from his father, Abdul Wahab did not let his speech impairment get in the way of success and opened his own small welding shop. To Read Full Document Click Here

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A role model for young entrepreneurs

Story of Sitara Sitara Anwari is more than just a beautician. She is an inspiration to the Afghan youth, a generation that has grown amidst protracted conflict and economic struggle. At her late twenties, Sitara is banking on her talent and passion, running a profitable enterprise that supports her family, while breaking down social barriers which limit Afghan girls’ education and women’s participation in the workforce. Click here

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From hardship to hope

The Story of Hawa Reconnecting with her home country has not been easy for Hawa , a returnee from Pakistan and her family including Mohammad Azim, Hawa’s husband and their five children. Upon returning to Afghanistan and settling in Khadikhel, a village in the Sawkai district of Kunar province, the family struggled to find employment .Click here

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The synergy of ambition and access to finance paid off

The story of Sayed Amanullah Sayed Amanullah, 33, the breadwinner of a family of seven, started out with a tiny shop in his neighborhood, supplying household fuel such as gas, oil and coal to the community. Amanullah’s capital was quite small that he could not earn enough to meet his daily expenses, but he was committed to growing his business.Click here

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Discovering an eye for business

THE STORY OF Lajaward Lajward, 48, is a participant of MISFA’s Targeting the Ultra-Poor (TUP) project in Balkh Province.Since joining TUP a year ago, she has been on a path to escaping abject poverty, but she will never forget that one morning when she found her husband dead in bed.It was a confusing moment of fear, panic, anger, and deep pain, and the brutal certainty of a future filled with struggles for her and her children. Click here

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