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Mission Impossible: Nazia and Her Dreams

“Who would marry a short girl like her? Look at her legs. Why did you come, it’s better you stayed at home.” This is what Nazia, who was born with a disability, hears from people whenever she goes…  


A New Approach to the Poppy Problem

Napoleon Navarro, UNDP Afghanistan’s Senior Deputy Resident Representative, shares his view on how we can find new ways to eradicate poppy problem.  


The Birth of a Business

Hadya Shahrani, a trained midwife from Badakshan province, is one of the many women who have benefitted from the activities of the LITACA Project. Since 2014, she has been managing a large number of…  


Another Chance at Life for Matiullah

Matiullah was two and a half years old, lying in her mother’s arms, when the rocket hit. Accompanied by a deafening blast, the ceiling collapsed on them in a shower of wood and earth. They could see…  


The First Step to Success

Zuhal is only the second young woman in her family who is pursuing higher education and a career. Most women in her family have settled down to marry and raise children straight after school.  


Inauguration of Kunduz Citizen Service Center, Mobile CSC and Road Paving Project

The Municipality inaugurated a women-friendly citizen service centre, mobile citizen service centre and Ibrahimkhail road-paving service delivery project.  


SALAM Annual Progress Report 2018


A Success that Crosses Boundaries

A cross-border trade fair involving 45 entrepreneurs from Tajikistan and Afghanistan was held in October, and was a resounding success.  


Nilab’s Unwavering Spirit: Volunteering for Change

Imagine a situation where just going to school puts your life at risk. Under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, this was the situation for Nilab Aria and many others. In second grade, she had to be…  


Stoves that Save Lives and Trees

In small forest near Guldara district of Kabul, Shakila sits on a rock to rest after collecting wood for her cookstove. Her eyes water and she finds it hard to breathe, and a fit of coughing overcomes…  

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