An Afghan farmer bites into an apple from his orchard, slowly savoring the sweet taste of success.
Farima Begum borrowed twenty-five dollars to buy a second-hand sewing machine. She wanted to start a small dressmaking and tailoring business to provide for her young family. This small loan has the potential to change her life and the life of her children.
With funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), AKFC is working with the Afghan government and through the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) to support the construction of a new hospital for Bamyan province, which will serve more than 400,000 Afghans.
In the native language of the region, the name of Bamyan province roughly translates to “The Place of Shining Light.”
Wearing a black veil over her slight frame, 18-year-old Aisha waits patiently to see a doctor.
The spirit of partnership is helping to develop practical solutions that are improving the health and lives of the people of Afghanistan.