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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Since we have the new water supply, I have not received sick notes because of vomiting or diarrhoea anymore.
It is a sunny morning at Farida Balkh School in Balkh’s provincial capital Mazar-e Sharif. About 4,000 pupils from the city go to school here every day. The children in the schoolyard look healthy and eager to learn. But that was not always the case.
With my new knowledge, the amount of milk I process each day has more than doubled. I’m working to new quality standards, and my customers love my yoghurt and cream.
Customers are constantly coming and going at Mohammad Hassan Rezaiee’s small grocery shop in the Sarak-e Kelkin area of Mazar-e Sharif. Women sniff the yoghurt and cream that Rezaiee – a 33-year-old family man – sells from an attractive special stand inside the shop. Having checked the quality, one...
The women here are simply enjoying the fact that they are financially independent and can decide for themselves what they spend their money on.
It’s 11 o’clock in the morning at the Bakery Training Centre run by women in Mazar-e Sharif’s northeast: small cakes, filled pastries and neatly sliced loaves of white bread are stacked on baking trays. Multiple ovens are giving off the pleasant aroma of freshly baked cakes and wholemeal bread....
The financial latitude enabled my expansion.
Sewing machines as far as the eye can see, busy hands skilfully cutting fabrics, working with needle and thread and transforming rolls of fabric into school uniforms, suits and white coats for hospital staff.
With us mentors, these young teachers have someone at their side they can trust. They don’t have the feeling they are utterly alone with a mountain of challenges stacked up against them.
Three years ago, newly qualified teacher Gita was very enthusiastic at the prospect of starting work at a school in Mazar-e Sharif in Balkh Province. After training as a maths teacher at the Teacher Training Institute, she was adamant she would give her pupils a better future by ensuring they got...
I’ve learned how to organise tasks and projects and have been able to rediscover forgotten knowledge from my degree course.
The nearest major town from Shighnan, the centre of the district bearing the same name, is around seven hours away by car. The town is located in Badakhshan province in the border region of Afghanistan’s mountainous northeast. Tajikistan is right on the other side of the river.
We now have the floor waters under control and we can irrigate our fields according to our exact needs.
Akakhil, Babanazar and Darwaza are three small villages in the province of Baghlan in northern Afghanistan. The villages are home to between 100 and 200 families, and although they are some distance apart on a single plain, they share some similarities. The residents here make their livelihoods...
I have learned methods for dealing with psychological stress and pressure, to stop it getting the better of me. I can now analyse difficult situations better and develop solutions to overcome them.
Hafizullah, Aria and Shahrooz study economics at Takhar University. They also work part-time as teachers to pay for their studies and support their families. Now in their fourth year of university, the students have plenty of academic experience. However, a supplementary training programme gave...
The things that I have learned in Germany, I am passing on to my students and the German department.
Khalil Mohammad Sarbaz was lucky to attend Amani High School in Kabul. The elite school, which received support from Germany, was recognised for setting standards in modern education – in teaching German as a foreign language and for its qualified German teachers.
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.