Livelihood For Progress

Decades of war and civil unrest have forced many vulnerable youth and women into a lifestyle of scavenging the war-torn streets of Afghanistan. The unemployment rate has increased to 40%, and more than half of the population is living below the poverty line. Because of environmental degradation and insurgent activity, about one-third of the country’s population do not receiving enough nutritious food and are not accessing sustainable food supplies. Moreover, Afghan women still experience rampant discrimination and human rights abuses. They only earn 25 cents or less for every dollar men earn, and 87% of them experience domestic violence.

Mahboba’s Promise is committed to training young adults and women with the necessary skills and practices to create income-generating opportunities and achieve self-sufficiency. We also focus on improving the wellbeing and nutrition of local communities by educating them on how to grow crops and care for livestock in a sustainable way. Furthermore, we strengthen women by enabling them to contribute positively to local communities and gain self-reliance. With food and income security, vulnerable youth and women can have a sustainable future.

Our Focus

Vocational Training

We strongly believe that education can open doors. We conduct a range of training courses for older youth and women, which eventually provide an opportunity for them to start their own business or be employed.

Food Security

We enable local communities to acquire their nutritional needs all year round by educating them about sustainable food sources.

Women Empowerment

Mahboba’s Promise works with Afghan women and empowers them by providing courses to gain new skills and support their families.

Livelihood For Progress

Projects Overview

Confectionery Factory

The Dunya Confectionery and Pastry factory in Kabul provides an opportunity for disadvantaged youth to work in the production of sweets making. Whether it is in the confectionery making, business management or marketing, participants gain a livelihood and skills they can take with them.

Permaculture Farm

We began our Permaculture Project to combat the declining levels of nutrition and lack of affordable fresh produce in the area. Located just outside of Kabul, our Permaculture Farm not only acts as a training program for widows but also provides year-round harvest to our Hope Houses and the local community. 

Parwan Garden

The work in Parwan centers around a community garden created for local women as a space to work and share experiences with one another. The garden also grows fresh produce for local families and the Hope Houses year round thanks to the installation of a greenhouse at the site.

Women's Dairy Co-op

The Women’s Dairy Cooperative Project is a grass roots developmental project aiming to address local community needs by training underprivileged Afghan women in a variety of skills, enabling them to make a positive contribution to the local community and achieve self-sufficiency.

Footage of Kabul Tailoring Project By Kern Hendricks

Tailoring and Handicraft

First started in 2007, this program sought to provide widows who are interested in tailoring with the skills needed to earn an income. Later in 2010, handicrafts were also incorporated into the project.

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