in Afghanistan have faced immense obstacles throughout 23 years of war.
They have been subject to systematic discrimination and abuse of rights, as in
education, especially during the Taliban regime. The Afghan Small Business
Development Institute's, Program for Women - "Afghan Women In
Business", is designed to specifically
target Afghan women's development in education, business, commerce and trade. The intent is to aggressively pursue women's participation
in Afghanistan's economy and to provide women with quick impact, self-sustaining
means to enhance their lives.
women's program is focused primarily at a particular sub-set of people who
are in need of assistance and support. These include: (1) women who
are widows, (2) women who are poor, and (3) women who are in need of assistance
because they lack a wage earner in their homes.
women's program sets aside a minimum of 50% of total program funds targeted
specifically to women's
education and business development. Based on program capacity and
demand for services, our actual program funding levels may vary.
of total solicitation efforts is targeted to women within their
communities. Due to cultural reasons and access to information, women
will generally not approach us directly for support, therefore, we seek them
out and identify qualified individuals or groups who can effectively benefit
from our program and contribute to their families as well as their communities.
use the Grameen Bank micro-lending model developed to bring badly needed
credit directly to the most vulnerable people (the poor and women) in rural communities.
amounts are as low as $50 with average loans of $100 and maximum amount of
$500. The loans are for 1-year, paid on a weekly basis at 2%
of five (5) or more individuals have a greater chance of receiving credit and are,
therefore, highly encouraged, (1) to increase cooperation and networking,
and (2) to create self-sustaining checks and balances within the
more advanced business concepts with proven track records, based on sound
business plans and clearly defined markets, customers, management expertise,
and financial plans, we provide incremental financing for facilities,
equipment, supplies and expenses through an established investors pool to help the business
get established and grow.
business plans must be presented either in written or oral form that
encompasses all the necessary components of: (a) understanding the market and
customers, (b) understanding the competitive forces, (c) realistic sales and
revenue projections, and (d) capable operational staff.
utilize Business Incubators (PDF)
to assist women with education and development of their business
concepts. A business incubation model is used to increase the
likelihood of success - generally 85% of businesses developed through an
incubation program succeed. The business incubator provides:
make an effort to help needy Afghan women to support themselves through the
delivery of vocational training programs away from the business districts, in
is provided through independent contractors in such things as bead knitting, tailoring, embroidery, doll making,
basket weaving, cooking, rug weaving, etc.
long-term objective of our training, skills development and outreach effort is to develop cooperatives that allow these women to operate
is an important economic development tool (PDF)
for alleviating poverty and
assisting the economy, for example: new markets are developed for people to
sell and buy products; government benefits from duty tax revenues; and the
economy is more globally linked lessening its vulnerability to shortages and
assist businesses that have import / export potential or existing products
and services with education, advice, quality specifications / requirements
to establish successful contractual seller
/ buyer relationships in (a) the United States of America, (b) Europe, and (c)
East Asia, to transport and deliver
goods and services. Our courses include:
planning - niche, matchmaking, finding a buyer
agreements and contract management
collections and currency exchange
customs clearance, duties and tax
management, law and insurance
business in [USA, Europe, Asia, ...]