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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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...
"We Afghans must take our affairs into our own hands. Only then can our society develop further."
Sajia Behgam studied in Germany. After completing her degree, she returned to her home country of Afghanistan to contribute to its development. Today, she fights for women’s equality and advises the head of government directly.
'The market helps us to develop a common understanding and contributes to the stability in the border area.'
Every Saturday, 8 o’clock in the morning, the Tem market in Khorog, Tajikistan, opens for traders, customers and visitors from both sides of the Panj River at the Afghan-Tajik border. Colourful clothes and regional food items, books and learning material, hygiene products as well as toys are...
د ښځو وضعیت اسانه نه دی. ډیری یې د دوی حق نه پیژني.
'The situation for women isn’t easy. Most don’t know their rights.'
During a meeting with colleagues at the police station in the Dehdadi district of Balkh Province in northern Afghanistan, Azada Sepher is distracted by angry voices in the lobby. A woman and a man are involved in a heated discussion. Without hesitation, the concerned 47-year-old approaches the...