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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"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...
We now have a real home with two rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom.
She was a displaced person for 20 years: five years in her own country, followed by 15 years in Pakistan. She lived her life in tents and camps, always without a permanent home. Three years ago, she decided she had had enough: Bibi Wazir and her nephew went back home to Afghanistan, specifically to...
Now the girls have an opportunity to learn how to use modern computer software. That will hugely increase their future opportunities on the labour market.
Model schools serve as examples for other schools, set standards and demonstrate good teaching and good school management.
We can watch the news on television and know what’s happening in our country.
Dust hangs in the air. Clouds of mist descend from the mountains upon the clay-coloured slopes, repeatedly shrouding the power line that snakes tirelessly through the landscape.
Police officers are an important pillar of our society. I want to help them fulfil this duty better through their ability to read and write.
A police officer is issued with a warrant to arrest a suspect. However, he does not know who he is supposed to arrest. A search for a car is made more difficult by the fact that he cannot read registration plates. And a complaint made by a villager cannot be passed on to the relevant departments...
We now have the perfect conditions to train young specialists in a range of disciplines.
A senior doctor is doing his morning rounds in the Abu Ali Sina Balkhi teaching hospital in Mazar-e Sharif. An older man with a slightly worried expression looks at the doctor, who is carefully bending over his bed. He expertly feels the patient’s body, checks the infusion and discusses the...
Since we have the new water supply, I have not received sick notes because of vomiting or diarrhoea anymore.
It is a sunny morning at Farida Balkh School in Balkh’s provincial capital Mazar-e Sharif. About 4,000 pupils from the city go to school here every day. The children in the schoolyard look healthy and eager to learn. But that was not always the case.
With my new knowledge, the amount of milk I process each day has more than doubled. I’m working to new quality standards, and my customers love my yoghurt and cream.
Customers are constantly coming and going at Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee’s small grocery shop in the Sarak-e Kelkin area of Mazar-e Sharif. Women sniff the yoghurt and cream that Rezaiee – a 33-year-old family man – sells from an attractive special stand inside the shop. Having checked the quality, one...