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Getting ahead of “graduation”

THE STORY OF SALEHA With eight children, Saleha, 34, and her husband were struggling to make ends meet with his meager daily wage income. “My husband worked as a farm hand and his income was simply not enough; we couldn’t even afford to buy milk,” said Saleha. To read full story, click here

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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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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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Hopeful for a better future

The story of  Shah Gul Shah Gul, a 38-year old Afghan woman, and her husband have been struggling for many years to make ends meet for their family of eight children (six boys, two girls). But now, with the arrival of a reproductive cow courtesy of the TUP project, she is hopeful that things will start changing for the better.Click here

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A childhood memory inspires an idea

Story of Zahra Khadem Hussain It was a memory from her childhood, a sweet moment of her as a young girl playing grown-up with her mother’s sewing machine, that gave Zahra the idea and the hope for a better future. Now a grown-up, Zahra, 35 years old, lives in the Hala Chapan village of Mazar-e-Sharif in Balkh with her husband and her own three children. Not too long ago, she and her family were in dire conditions and her sweet childhood memories

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Clicking her way to success

Story of Maryam Yousufi Maryam Yousufi, a 29-year old Afghan woman, runs a photography studio in the Hala Chapan area of Mazar-i-Sharif. Maryam learnt and started practicing photography in Iran when she was single. “I met my photography teacher in a ceremony I was invited to,” said Maryam “ I started attending his classes and learnt it very quickly”.   Continuing her photography was one of her marriage conditions to which her husband agreed.

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Giving up driving for dairy manufacturing

Story of Asadullah Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine Asadullah, being a taxi driver. A long-time client of First Microfinance Bank (FMFB), Assadullah, 40 years old , now has a thriving business, which has made him one of the biggest dairy product manufacturers and distributors in Kabul. He has a confined animal feeding operation and maintains a milk production life cycle with 25 heads of cattle. The fresh milk they yield gets distributed in most supermarkets

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Empowered by embroidery

Rozma, 48 years old and a native of Maidan Wardak, has come a long way since her family moved to Kabul only to escape Taliban-ruled Afghanistan in the late 1990s. While living as a refugee in Iran without financial means, she decided to learn skills in stitching, tailoring, wool knitting, and embroidery.Years later after the fall of the Taliban in 2001, Rozma and her family repatriated back to Kabul with no real livelihood prospects. She turned to

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