To increase employment and income-generating opportunities, AKF-A provides vocational training for men and women, including youth and persons with disabilities, based on market demand and local needs.

Project: Multi-Input, Multi-Agency Approach to Building Community

Project Duration

July 2014 - May 2018

Locations

Takhar, Baghlan, Bamyan, Parwan, Samanganand, Kunduz Provinces

Targetted Areas

6 Provinces

Targetted Beneficiaries

517256

Indirect Beneficiaries

452599

Gender Wise

Key Outcomes

The End of Program (EoP) Outcome is Improved Household Livelihoods and Coping Mechanisms in Targeted Communities in Takhar, Baghlan, Bamyan, Parwan, Samangan and Kunduz Provinces.

key initiatives to achieve outcomes:

  • Improved agricultural and livestock productivity for male and female farmers;
  • Increased income for male and female farmers and agricultural service providers;
  • Diversified sources of income for vulnerable households; and
  • Increased preparedness of vulnerable communities to mitigate the effects of and respond to natural disasters.

To increase employment and income-generating opportunities, AKF-A provides vocational training for men and women, including youth and persons with disabilities, based on market demand and local needs.

Ezzatullah is young man from Takhar province who lost his legs in a landmine explosion at age of 18th who thought his life was over. He felt despondent and deserted. His family and friends’ ignorance depressed him and had hard to time to adjust within the society. He was very disappointed with his physical disability and inability to work alongside with his family and friends. Market Development Program of AKF-A aims to provide employment opportunities to the most vulnerable people in its coverage area through its vocational training and livelihoods training to most vulnerable individual in the community involve. Ezzatuall was introduced by CDC and community institution after analyzing his condition and potential. Now, Mr. Ezzatullah is 20 years old young independent man, making shoes learned through vocational training for three months by a local trainer.

He is happy and hopeful for his future. He earns an income of 6,000-8,000Afgs/month through which he supports his family and manage his own expenses. As a result, his family and friends now respect the same way they respect a normal person. Ezzatullah has his family and friend’s attention and affection.

Project Duration

July 2014 - May 2018

Districts

7

Direct Targeted Areas

7 Districts

Targeted Beneficiaries

64,657

Indirect Beneficiaries

4,52,599

Gender Wise

Key Outcomes

Improved household livelihoods and coping mechanisms in targeted communities of Takhar, Baghlan, Bamyan, Parwan, Samanganan, Kunduz and Badakhshan Provinces

key initiatives to achieve outcomes:

  • Increase in Agriculture and Livestock productivity
  • Increased income of Service providers and target farmers
  • Diversified income for vulnerable households
  • Communities are prepared to mitigate and respond to Natural Disasters

What is the new Focus on extension phase?

  • A scale-up of dryland management techniques and crops and of clustering savings groups
  • Geographical expansion into Badakhshan
  • Greater links with government and duty-bearers
  • Increased emphasis on vulnerable groups, in particular, resource-poor, women-headed households, and people living with disabilities (PwD

All Results Pathways and their outputs are planned through inter-sectoral planning process and design to complement one another as the project proceeds, layering interventions with natural resource groups, market-oriented groups, and target populations.

By delivering vocational training in selected marketable areas, AKF tried to address the constraints that young men, women, and PwDs encounter through lack of financial means to access training, and the lack of apprenticeship opportunities in remote areas. The Economic Inclusion (EI) team at AKF ensured that women are equitably represented or overrepresented by selecting culturally and socially accepted vocational skills.

1. Saving Groups for Women’s Empowerment

 

Achani Sorkh Kawak village is located 15-kilometres far from the center of Waras, one of district of Bamyan Province. People of this village are mostly farmers and engaged in livestock and agriculture activities. Majority of people incomes are from agriculture and livestock and people have seasonal income.

Aga Khan Foundation’s Financial Inclusion (FI) program established Fatimia Saving Group in August 2012 under AACRS grant with the aims to provide financial services and improve saving’s habits among the community with more focuse on women and women’s empowerment. The group consists of 13 female members. It is worth mentioning that in a remote rural area like Waras district, it’s very difficult that women have access to savings, credit services and create employment opportunity for women to do business and have income.

Beside Saving Group, EI-Financial Inclusion department supported and provided 5 beehives to Faitmia CBSG. In addition, the trainer worked with this group for two months practically and theoretically in order to enhance their knowledge on beekeeping skill, and teach them on how to feed bee colonies, the way of diagnosing diseases as well as how to control destructive pest and diseases.

Mrs. Asia mentioned we are witness of many changes such as economic and social changes. Employment opportunities created for women and now women have access to savings and credit services. Member of saving group saved amount of 50 Afs monthly till now. Today we have saved 40,000 Afs. Before women was depended to men. As most significant change, now we can experience changes in society’s culture and men behavior, as previously men was in understanding that women should be at home and work only at home, but after the formation of the saving group, participation of women in training and workshop for capacity building, men are supporting women and even take the responsibility of children to allow women for participating in these workshops and training, run their businesses and work outside the home. for instance, now I am fully supported by family and community which allow me to actively engage in businesses initiated by Fatimia group. I am working outside the home and have a very successful beekeeping business. I have earned an income of 30,000 Afs by beekeeping activity and which help me economically and contributing to household economy. Further she said that now she has a happy life with her family and can support household children education.