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  • Products made by trainees are sold at the Dairy Processing Centre in Takhar - In rural Afghanistan, the Aga Khan Foundation provides industry-relevant vocational training for men and women -- many of whom are refugee returnees -- to increase their employability and entrepreneurship.
  • In 2017, more than 1,100 young men and women (78% women) in rural Afghanistan received market-driven vocational training in 14 different areas including construction, service, handicraft and agriculture. Some 75% of the trainees have found jobs or started their own businesses.
    AKDN / Farzana Wahidy
  • To improve access to markets for micro entrepreneurs, the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan has helped construct 54 market facilities in Baghlan, Takhar and Badakhshan between 2013 and 2016, including women bazaars, cold storages and cross-border markets.
    AKDN / Farzana Wahidy
  • The AKDN project company Roshan, Afghanistan's leading telecommunications operator, provides mobile phone services to more than 6.5 million Afghans.
    AKDN
  • 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
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.