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RMLSP and CLAP Women Groups at the Spring Agfair
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) held its Spring AgFair at the Badam Bagh Research Farm located in Kabul City. The Rural Microfinance and Livestock Support Program (RMLSP) and the Community Livestock and Agriculture Project (CLAP) funded by IFAD had its separate booth representing contributions in empowering rural poor women with their small business development and...
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Overcoming Tragedy: Story of Mir Afroz
The mud-house which Mir Afroz lives in with her three children tells the story of a family whose life is steeped in tragedy and poverty. Warmed only by a dusty old carpet and a charcoal-cloaked clay pot oven, the single-room house in Samadi village in Faizabad of Badakhshan province, has been home to the 40-year old widow and her family since the tragic death of her husband eight years ago. ...
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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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