Often, affected people need to tell their story in order to show the significance and scope of the German Cooperation with Afghanistan.

Take the women in Mazar-e Sharif, who work in a newly constructed bakery training centre where they offer delicious baked goods and pass on their knowledge to other bakers. New recipes, baking techniques and marketing opportunities are on the agenda. In this way, the women can contribute to their families’ income and have a job that they like.

Or, take the policewoman that can live up to her own expectations thanks to a literacy course. Today, she can write complaints, document violations of the law and forward them to the appropriate authorities all by herself. In this way, she supports women in particular to make use of their rights.

These stories give a face to the German Cooperation with Afghanistan. We have collected impressive stories showcasing people whose lives have been significantly influenced thanks to the German Cooperation’s activities in Afghanistan.


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‘I offer these courses because most of my trainees are housewives. I want to give them the chance to learn in a safe environment and earn a little money too.’
Empowering more women with a needle and a pen: Hasina Majidy, a young entrepreneur, is training seamstresses in Kabul while also teaching them to read and write, and some English, too. She has big plans for her clothing production business as well: Hasina wants to sell her creations as far away as...
‘The vocational schools play a crucial role in Afghanistan’s economic development'
Vocational education and training is key to Afghanistan’s economic development. The Supporting Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme promotes the development of a country-wide vocational school system to offer young people a perspective and to train urgently needed...
‘By selling their goods too, we want to encourage other women to earn their own money.’
In Badakhshan Province in north-eastern Afghanistan, women are taking the sale of the goods they make into their own hands: with German support, a business centre has been set up especially for women. Women entrepreneurs can trade safely there. And they earn considerably more because they don’t...
Fatima lived as a refugee in Iran before setting up a small grocery store in Karthe Wahdat.
‘We’re confident that our children will have a better future here.’
A road can provide the spark for an economic boom. In northern Afghanistan, the Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) finances urgently needed road construction projects that make everyday life easier for many people.
‘As I was working in a similar area during my internship, I found the admission test for my current job fairly easy and I secured the job.’
A six-month internship prepares young lawyers in Afghanistan for working life. For many of them, the internship represents a springboard to a promising career.
‘I consider myself very fortunate to be financially independent and able to work alongside my husband for a life free of poverty.’
Back in Afghanistan from Germany to start a new life with the help of the Returning to New Opportunities Programme run by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Tahera Mehdawi (32) went on a course to learn how to keep hens before launching her own small business...
‘From each square metre we could produce around 6.5 kilowatts of solar power per day, which is an extraordinary level of productivity.’
Solar power represents an opportunity for Afghanistan. The aim is to harness the sun’s power to provide cleaner and more efficient energy, and initial projects have shown this works.
‘I found it hard to believe that I would one day have my dream job in public administration.’
Trina Yakhdiwal‘s dreams have come true. ‘I always wanted to work in the public sector,’ the 26-year-old graduate says, sitting in a small office in Balkh’s provincial administration, surrounded by a desk, PC, calculator and stacks of documents.
‘I can help the doctors, particularly in more complicated cases’
It is a sunny winter’s day and Dr Muhammad Tahir is out and about in Peshawar, Pakistan when his phone rings. When this happens, he knows: time is of the essence.
‘Before the park was renovated, it was a bad place, especially for young people. Now the area is green and safe and it’s a recreational space that’s also suitable for children’
Kabul’s Char Deh district is transforming from a problem neighbourhood to a place where people want to live, thanks to a project by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture financed by the German Federal Foreign Office through KfW. The partners prepared a comprehensive package for Char Deh that combines...