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A child breadwinner ensures own children go to school: Story Of Khawani
Khawani Khairkhwah was only 14 years old when his father was shot dead during the Taliban invasion of Afghanistan in 1999.  Khawani’s family lived in a village in Mir Bacha Kot in the outskirts of northern Kabul known as Shamali, an historic citadel built to defend against invaders. Khawani was attending fourth grade in the village public school, and his father was earning a living for...
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Agriculture loan helps change norms and mindsets: Story of Elaha
At only 40 years old, Elaha bears an older woman’s wrinkled face, which betrays the hardships she had endured for many years. But life for this mother of nine children, who had suffered from domestic violence, is finally turning around; thanks to the income she has been bringing to the family as a microfinance client.  “My life was very bad and full of violence,” said Elaha,...
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Embroidering her way out of poverty
Zainab and her family fled to Pakistan during the Taliban rule and lived a life of hardship. As Afghan refugees, it was hard to make ends meet. To find gainful employment, Zainab acquired the skills of intricate stitching and embroidery. Still, she could hardly feed her family. As an Afghan working for a Pakistani employer, her earnings were meager, despite long hours of embroidering handmade...
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RMLSP Promotes Improved Methods of Natural Hatching in Rural Areas
Rural Microfinance and Livestock Support Program (RMLSP) promotes improved methods of natural hatching through its Backyard Poultry Project in Balkh and Jawzjan provinces. Women in rural Afghanistan have been using traditional methods of hatching which are not scientific and effective. The project organized women in village producers groups and trained them on natural hatching, coop...
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Ms. Gulzamina’s Ttraditional Cow Husbandry Turned to a Small Profitable Business
Ms. Gulzamina is a young girl living in the Akhond village of Kama district, Nangarhar province. She is living in a poor family of fourteen individuals. Her main source of livelihood was three cows, but she was not serious about her business and was following traditional ways of cow husbandry. Ms, Gulzamina said “after the Integrated Dairy Scheme (IDS) project was launched in Kama...
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