After COVID-19 spread across Afghanistan, many, including Kimya’s eldest son, a rental driver, lost their jobs. However, a greenhouse the Aga Khan Foundation helped her to build has enabled their family to weather the pandemic. Of the 6,000 tomato seedlings produced through the greenhouse, Kimya sold half to support her family’s needs (in the spirit of community philanthropy, she gave the other half to neighbours who could not afford to buy the seedlings).
Istoray: Unmasking new opportunities in a time of crisis
Thanks to a Canadian-supported programme in Afghanistan, Istoray had been equipped in 2019 to grow her business and train new tailors through business skills training. When COVID-19 hit, she was prepared. Now she makes 400 to 500 masks every day out of her home which, with the help of her children, are sold locally.
Women champions of AKDN’s Comprehensive Sanitation Initiative in India
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Martha’s story: Living with disability in Uganda during COVID-19
Naigino Martha is deaf. She lives with her sister about 30km outside of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Martha, like many others, works as a casual labourer at a factory on the outskirts of the city. She has not been able to work since lockdown began. The Aga Khan Foundation, in partnership with the National Union of Women with Disabilities of Uganda, has provided cash relief to support the most critical needs of women and girls with disabilities as well as to share life-saving health information.