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A returnee from Iran finds income through TUP

Mazari, a 38-year old Afghan woman, returned to Afghanistan from Iran with her family four years ago. Since settling in the Nahr-e-Shahi district of Balkh province, she and her husband, along with their two children (a son and a daughter), have been struggling to make ends meet, sharing a small mud house with her brother-in-law’s family, and barely eating three square meals a day.Click here

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Side Business Offering Extra Income

Nader Hussain was striving to establish a side business as his salary as a watchman at a government-run factory could not meet the household expenses, despite some perks. "They provide free housing. I do not need to pay rent, electricity and water bills," said Nader Hussain. Click here

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Business growth credited to FMFB’s support

Story of Mohammad Hussain The story of Mohammad Hussain, aged 30, exemplifies how important access to finance is to small businesses like his family’s.  Hussain provides for a household of six, including two school-aged children, through his tailoring business. A long-time client of First Microfinance Bank (FMFB) Afghanistan, Hussain has benefited from the range of products and services FMFB offers to clients with changing needs. His very first

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Turning a refugee skill into a lucrative craft

The Story of Abdullah   For years, Abdullah, 48, a native of Baghlan Province, was languishing in Iran. As an Afghan refugee, his movements and civil liberties were curtailed. Still, he picked up a skill in Iran that became a passion, then a craft, and eventually, a path to success.Click here

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Hopeful for a better future

The story of  Shah Gul Shah Gul, a 38-year old Afghan woman, and her husband have been struggling for many years to make ends meet for their family of eight children (six boys, two girls). But now, with the arrival of a reproductive cow courtesy of the TUP project, she is hopeful that things will start changing for the better.Click here

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A childhood memory inspires an idea

Story of Zahra Khadem Hussain It was a memory from her childhood, a sweet moment of her as a young girl playing grown-up with her mother’s sewing machine, that gave Zahra the idea and the hope for a better future. Now a grown-up, Zahra, 35 years old, lives in the Hala Chapan village of Mazar-e-Sharif in Balkh with her husband and her own three children. Not too long ago, she and her family were in dire conditions and her sweet childhood memories

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Clicking her way to success

Story of Maryam Yousufi Maryam Yousufi, a 29-year old Afghan woman, runs a photography studio in the Hala Chapan area of Mazar-i-Sharif. Maryam learnt and started practicing photography in Iran when she was single. “I met my photography teacher in a ceremony I was invited to,” said Maryam “ I started attending his classes and learnt it very quickly”.   Continuing her photography was one of her marriage conditions to which her husband agreed.

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Hunger and humiliation turn into hope

The Story of Reza Gul Before she was selected to participate in The Ultra Poor (TUP) program of MISFA, Reza Gul’s life was filled with hardship and violence. Reza Gul was identified among the poorest of the poor in Badakhshan, a province in the northeastern highlands of Afghanistan. She received a package of support including livestock, monthly stipend, health allowance, skills and financial literacy trainings, and regular coaching. The intervention

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A stonemason carves out a lucrative enterprise

Story of Ahmad Fayez Fayez, 30 years old, owns a stone processing and manufacturing factory that converts granite, marble and other types of valuable stones imported from Pakistan, China, India and Iran, into decorative home items, statues, and grave-sign stones. Upon completion of his high school studies, Fayez could not pursue a university degree as he felt a more urgent need to find a source of regular income. Fayez established his stone factory

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Giving up driving for dairy manufacturing

Story of Asadullah Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine Asadullah, being a taxi driver. A long-time client of First Microfinance Bank (FMFB), Assadullah, 40 years old , now has a thriving business, which has made him one of the biggest dairy product manufacturers and distributors in Kabul. He has a confined animal feeding operation and maintains a milk production life cycle with 25 heads of cattle. The fresh milk they yield gets distributed in most supermarkets

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