Partnering with the UNDP Gender Equality Project II, AFAD supported women entrepreneurs in Bamian and Nangarhar provinces. The project involved participation in an extensive and need-based business development and sustainability training to women business owners and their employees in Bamian and Nangarhar provinces, exposure visits to each other's provinces to exchanges experiences, and an opportunity to participate in a trade show to showcase their products and services and find new markets. The project was a great success in both enabling women SME owners build business management skills and to learn from the experiences of their fellow entrepreneurs in other provinces. The project also helped promote social cohesion and peacebuilding among the Afghans as it required women of a different ethnicity travel to the other ethnicity majority province and converse with them on business management issues.
Partnering with USAID's ACAP II project, AFAD worked with male entrepreneurs in Khost, Paktia and Paktika provinces to improve their business management skills. The project involved participation in an intensive, need-based small and medium-size business assessment and training sessions and the receipt of grant money that were utilized to start or expand existing small and medium-size businesses. The project was a great success in enabling entrepreneurs to build needed business management skills and utilize the grant money to improve their existing businesses. The project also helped build peace by enabling male Afghans to focus on building and sustaining a private business and engaging in productive activities.
Partnering with the USAID's FAIDA Project, AFAD supported women entrepreneurs in Ghazni province of Afghanistan. The project involved providing business management and sustainability and access to finance training to women entrepreneurs that had a business for at least one year. Participating women entrepreneurs learned to manage their business and resources for sustainability and utilizing available resources such as microfinance schemes, local banks and informal resources for their business. The project was a great success in enabling women to realize their potential and use the skills to access finance for their small and medium-sized enterprises in Ghazni province. The project also contributed to peacebuilding and women empowerment.
Partnering with World Learning Inc., AFAD implemented the 2013 Legislative Exchange Program for Afghanistan. The Project required recruitment of Afghan nationals that were involved in the legislative matters of Afghanistan for a visit to the United States. The project administered recruitment of 2 members of the Afghanistan legislative branches to travel to the US and visit legislative institutions and participate in exposure and other learning activities. The project was a great success as it enabled Afghans working in the legislative efforts in Afghanistan to learn from the experiences of the US and utilize them for their work and engagements in Afghanistan. The project also contributed to good governance and support for building democratic institutions in Afghanistan.
Partnering with private donors, AFAD provided needed logistical and training support to the only Blind School in Kabul. The project involved the provision of grant money support to fix the school's damaged shuttle bus and the install and water heater in the kitchen of the school. The project also involved connecting the schools blind to international donors that were interested in providing material and other support so that the blind in Kabul could also be productive citizens. The project was a great success as it helped AFAD embark on its mission by helping one of the most deprived and disadvantaged groups of Afghan citizens. As a result of the extraordinary support provided to the Blind School, The school administration provided a letter of appreciation to AFAD for its support.
The project was a first formal small project that AFAD implemented in Afghanistan. We are proud of it and we look forward to partnering with you for our mission to improve lives of the Afghan people and help them overcome the difficulties they live in today.