Tag archive of Mehria Shahriar

Beyond Graduation: The Lasting Impact of Financial Inclusion

Since the first pilot of the Targeting the Ultra-Poor (TUP) program in 2010 in Bamyan Province, TUP has helped thousands of women heads of households and their families “graduate” out of poverty and join socio-economic networks that they used to be excluded from.  The true measure of TUP’s success, however, is illustrated in this story of one graduate, Sughra, who used both her financial and non-financial gains from TUP participation to

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From Breadwinner to Business Woman

When Del Jan, 54, returned home to Kabul from Pakistan with her husband and children 12 years ago, she was full of hope. She had been looking forward to the freedom of being in one’s homeland minus the constraints that come with living elsewhere under refugee status. Shortly after returning to the Se-Rahi Allauddin of Kabul, Del Jan’s hopes for a less burdensome life was dashed. To read the full story, click here.

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When Determination Becomes the Capital for Success

Not too long ago, Nazema was among the poorest of the poor in her village in the Dasht Qala district of Takhar province. She was earning a meager income doing laundry and cleaning people’s houses. She could not afford to pay for stationary and uniform, resulting in her children dropping out of school. To read the full story, Click here 

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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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TUP builds resilience of poorest Afghan women

The Story Of Zeba When Zeba was in her early 30s, she had her hands full taking care of her five children, while her husband earned a living as a daily wage worker. Although they were among the poor in Takhar Province, they were not in a desperate situation. Zeba would know because she had experienced desperation when her husband was arrested and later found guilty for murder of his cousin following a family dispute. To read full story click hereTo

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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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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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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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