Mehria Shahriar

April 7, 2019
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...

February 28, 2019
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...

November 26, 2018
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...

June 10, 2018
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...

April 8, 2018
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...

December 3, 2017
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...

October 15, 2017
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...

May 3, 2017
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,...