Often, affected people need to tell their story in order to show the significance and scope of the German Cooperation with Afghanistan.

Take the jeweller for instance, whose new machinery and creative ideas have allowed her to export her goods to Europe from one day to the next. Thanks to her success, she was able to employ more staff. Her previously little known village suddenly got more important for the region.

Or, take the father, who bought a plot of land together with other committed parents in order to build a new school where local girls and boys now enjoy education on equal terms.

These stories give a face to the German Cooperation with Afghanistan. We have collected impressive stories showcasing people whose lives have been significantly influenced thanks to the German Cooperation’s activities in Afghanistan.

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Our landscape is changing and becoming greener.
In 2010, the German government supported the construction of a small-scale hydropower plant in the village of Farghambol in the northern Afghan province of Badakhshan. The plant, which has a capacity of 280 kilowatts, supplies energy to 20,000 people. Its impact has been life-changing.
Earlier, we approached cases of gender abuse and harassment from an administrative point of view. Now, we take a legal and professional approach towards them.
Afghanistan may still be one of the least peaceful countries in the world – even more than 15 years after the Taliban were overthrown – but significant progress has been made in improving the social and economic status of Afghan women since 2001, with the support of the international community.
We have an extremely well-appointed clinic, especially compared with other rural health centres.
Drive for about an hour out of Taloqan, the capital of Takhar province, across a sandy, rock-strewn landscape, and you reach the village of Galabatur. There is an air of sleepy tranquillity about the place – but around one of the buildings, situated on a low promontory, there is a buzz of activity...
Our main problem was the lack of water. From Mr Viktor, I learned different techniques on how to use water more efficiently.
Agriculture in Samangan, one of Afghanistan’s Northern provinces, is mainly based on nut production – almonds and pistachio in particular, but also walnuts. Conditions are rough though; hot and dry summers make it very difficult for farmers to produce enough so they and their families can make a...
I’m really happy that Pakiza is expanding and creating income opportunities for many others in addition to me.
It takes perseverance to make money from milk in northern Afghanistan. Farmers generally only keep between one and three cows, transportation hygiene is poor and the market is dominated by imported milk from Pakistan and Iran. The Pakiza dairy in Mazar-e Sharif was established in 2013 – today it is...
Today I am very happy. My student kissed my hands.
Once when Haleema Sangar saw her brother and friends play soccer in their school ground she ran in and kicked the ball. It went so high that her friends and other children kept clapping for a long time. Nobody had seen the ball go so high before, and for the next two weeks, everybody in the school...
Without education, people don’t develop. Neither does the country they live in.
Sarajuddin has been a teacher for 30 years and it is still his dream job: “If people remain uneducated and uninformed, they can’t fulfil their dreams and visions. Without education, people don’t develop. Neither does the country they live in. That’s why, even as a young man, I wanted to become a...
Electricity paves the way for development. Life is difficult without electricity.
The sky is blue and the sun is shining on the desert that is located close to the city Khulm in northern Afghanistan’s Balkh province. New shapes of power supply lines, transformers and masts start appearing. A modern electrical substation takes form. The station converts the high voltage of 220...
After this training when we go to mines for inspection, we will take the issue of health seriously and will insist on its implementation.
For Abdul Sami Skindaray, a visit to the Hema coal mine in the Turkish port town of Amasra was a life-changing experience. As a mine inspector in Afghanistan, Skindaray has visited tens of mines across his homeland. But Amasra on the Black Sea coast was nothing like any mining places he had seen in...
The farmers at the upper end of the channel get 30 minutes of water at a time and those at the lower end get 50 minutes – and that happens several times a day.
Mahsel gazes with satisfaction at the masses of water pouring out of the Amu Darya River into the new Baladory irrigation channel. The irrigation system starts at the flood control barrier in Shamaq village in Baghlan Province and extends 22 kilometres downriver. Around 5,000 farmers working a...