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  • The AKDN project company Roshan, Afghanistan's leading telecommunications operator, provides mobile phone services to more than 6.5 million Afghans.
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  • With the support of AKF and the United States, the remote communities of Brughel and Chehel Kahn in Wakhan, Badakhshan, Afghanistan are building a micro-hydropower.
    Andrew Quilty
  • Roshan, an AKFED project company and Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider. To create modern telecommunications in Afghanistan, AKDN and its partners set up Roshan, which now has 6.5 million mobile phone subscribers in all provinces. In 2014, AKDN also launched SMART, a telecommunications service provider in Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi.
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  • In Afghanistan, the village of Khaftar Khana, with the support of AKF, built a micro-hydel unit that provides electricity throughout the night to 23 households.
    AKDN / Sandra Calligaro
  • Bee-keepers in Kalafghan District, Takhar Province who have been supported by the Aga Khan Foundation in their business. They now collect 1.5 tonnes of honey per year and sell it for 400 Afghanis per kg.
    AKF / Andrew Quilty
Economic development

To stimulate long-term economic growth in the country, AKDN operates across the spectrum, from working with women and youth in isolated rural communities to help create their own start-up businesses, to building micro-hydroelectric plants that help light homes, schools and health facilities in these remote villages, to investing in large-scale mobile phone services that provide network coverage to more than 6.5 million Afghans across the country’s 34 provinces. In cases like the latter, because of its institutional background and ethical framework, AKDN’s criteria for making commercial investments are not those of a typical investor.  Investment decisions are based on whether a particular investment will improve the quality of life of those affected by it, not simply on bottom-line profitability. Profits that are generated are then reinvested in development initiatives.