Project TitleLocationDurationFunded ByBudget USDStatus
THE RED GOLD – Improving Afghan livelihoods through saffron cultivation: The project aims to contribute to economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Balkh province through sustainable production of saffron. A total of 3,000 saffron growers (of which 50% are women) improve their knowledge and capacity to use resource- and water efficient production in their enterprises and 1,500 environmentally sustainable small and medium-sized enterprises have increased access to starter packages and financing.Balkh province, AfghanistanMar 2022 - Feb 2026Swedish Postcode Lottery1,292,834 Ongoing
Emergency Food Assistance for Vulnerable Households in Balkh: This project aims to provide emergency food assistance to 1,965 food insecure households in Balkh province. Balkh province (Mazar-e-Sharif)Jan - Aug 2022CAFOD241,775Ongoing
Strengthening resilience and creating economic opportunities for returnees and IDPs in Balkh province: The project supports 600 IDPs and returnees in Balkh province to start income generating layer poultry farms. It also provides basic food support to 600 households. Balkh province (Mazar-e-Sharif)Dec 2021 - Jun 2022GIZ2891,352Ongoing
Provision of food assistance to food insecure and vulnerable households in Charbolak and Chemtal districts of Balkh province: 2,058 food insecure and vulnerable households (14,406 individuals) in Charbolak and Chemtal districts of Balkh province receive live saving food assistance to meet their basic food needs. Each household will receive an amount equivalent to US$90 per month for two months.Balkh province (Charbolak and Chemtal districts)Feb to Jun 2022OCHA/AHF445,290Ongoing
Organic growth: taking Afghanistan’s certified saffron value chain to scale: The project aims to support saffron companies achieve ISO standards (5 companies out of which 2 are led by women) or EU organic (2 companies) certification to supply international market actors in increasing volume. The project will also try to increase the price premiums on ISO and EU organic certified saffron along the saffron value chainHerat province2021-2026Danida1,259,137Ongoing
Agriculture support to food insecure and vulnerable farmers in Kunduz and Samangan provinces: Under this project, 3,000 vulnerable farmers in Kunduz and Samangan Provinces of Afghanistan will receive agricultural inputs such as improved wheat seeds and fertilizers to improve their livelihoods and improve their resilience to shocks.Kunduz province (Aliabad and Chardarah districts)
Samangan province (Aybak district)
Oct 2021 to Oct 2022OCHA/AHF126,000 (plus 345,000 in kind)
Ongoing
Training the people of Hairatan city of Balkh province, Afghanistan to launch micro enterprises: The purpose of this project is to support 320 community members of Hairatan city by training them in business skills and supporting them to launch sustainable enterprises in order to raise their incomes, and demonstrate improved financial resilienceHairatan city, Balkh provinceJan 2021 – Dec 2022HiH Int. 171,269Ongoing
Helping the People of Dalkhaki Village of Samangan province, Bounce Back from COVID-19: The purpose of this project is to support 350 community members of Dalkhaki village of Samangan province to become poultry farmers. This project also provides emergency food provisions in the immediate term for their households. Dalkhaki village, Aybak city, Samangan provinceSep 2020 - Aug 2021HiH Int.184,800Completed
Village Uplift Program - Shahrak Sayed Abad: The objective of this project is to empower and strengthen the socio-economic rights of poor rural women and contribute to the reduction of poverty in Shahrak Sayed Abad area in Mazar-e-Sharif city of Balkh province. The project targets 100 women to be trained in entrepreneurship, skills and provide support for micro-enterprise development and market linkages.Shahrak Sayed Abad, Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh ProvinceJan 2020- Dec 2021HiH Int.41,000Completed
Integration of Peace-building into Households Adopt Sustainable Economic Livelihoods (HASEL) Project: The overall objective of integration of peace-building component to the Households Adopt Sustainable Economic Livelihoods (HASEL) project is to empower women, men and youth to understand their rights and be able to raise their voices, resolves households/community level disputes and improves their security in the project area. Shahrak Wali Asr, Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh provinceMar 2020 - Aug 2022CAFOD12,508Ongoing
Households Adopt Sustainable Economic Livelihoods (HASEL): The overall objective of this project is to empower poor and vulnerable women in Balkh to take ownership of their inclusive social and economic development. The projects targets 500 women in Shahrak-e-Wali Aser, 5th municipality district of Mazar-e-Sharif. Shahrak Wali Asr, Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh provinceSep 2019 - Aug 2022CAFOD and HiH Int. 206,487Ongoing
Creating future economic prospects for reintegration of returnees and IDPs in Herat and Bamyan provinces of Afghanistan through the layers poultry value chain and Creating economic opportunities for returnees and IDPs during Covid-19: The project aims to improve skills and capacity of 2,500 (90% female) returnees and IDPs to create 2,500 stable and income-generating layer poultry enterprises and enhance their access to market through the creation of sustainable layer poultry value chain. Herat and Bamyan provincesJan 2019 - Feb 2021 (GIZ) GmbH and CAFOD through Hand in Hand International.1,138,179Completed
Reducing poverty through entrepreneurship and female empowerment: The project aims to support 250 women in Sholgara district of Balkh province in establishing eco-friendly beekeeping enterprises. These women will be mobilized in Self-Help Groups, trained in group management, micro-finance, business development and skill training as we as will be supported establish beekeeping micro-enterprises. This project is funded by Hand in Hand International.Sholgara district, Balkh provinceJan 2019 - Dec 2020HiH Int. 102,000Completed
Empowering women in Afghanistan: The objective of this project is to economically empower and strengthen the socio-economic rights of poor rural women in Kabul, Parwan and Balkh provinces. The project targets 1,100 women to be trained in entrepreneurship, skills and provide support for micro-enterprise development and market linkages. This project is implemented in partnership with Every Voice Counts (EVC) Kabul, Parwan and Balkh provincesDec 2018 - Dec 2020Hilti Foundation through Hand in Hand International523,493Completed
Socio-economic empowerment of women and men: The goal of this project is to economically empower and strengthen the socio-economic rights of poor rural women and men with particular focus on women. The project targets 1,350 people (80% female) to be trained in entrepreneurship, skills and provide support for micro-enterprise development and market linkages. Chimtal district and Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh provinceJan 2017- Dec 2020CAFOD and Hand in Hand International489,892 Completed
COVID-19 Response Efforts: The aim of this project is to contribute to the reduction of COVID-19 transmission through increased awareness and access to hygiene kits for 9,300 households in Kabul province. Kabul, Herat, Parwan and Balkh provinces01 Apr - 30 Jun 2020HiH Int.64,462Completed
Village Uplift Program - Shah Rahim: The objective of this project is to economically empower and strengthen the socio-economic rights of 110 poor rural women to be trained in entrepreneurship, skills and provide support for micro-enterprise development and market linkages.Shah Rahim village of Khulm district, Balkh provinceJan 2018 - Dec 2019

HiH Int.41,000Completed
Village Uplift Program in Shahrak Ulia: The objective of this project is to economically empower and strengthen the socio-economic rights of poor rural women in Faqir Abad village of Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh province. The project targets 110 women to be trained in entrepreneurship, skills and provide support for micro-enterprise development and market linkages. Shahrak Ulia of Mazar - e - Sharif, Balkh provinceJul 2017 - Jun 2019

HiH Int.41,000Completed
Promoting women's socio-economic empowerment through layer poultry farming: The ultimate goal of this project is to support 150 women in establishing backyard layers poultry farms in Shaikh Abbdul Qader Jilani village of Nahr-e-Shahi district, Balkh province. Shaikh Abbdul Qader Jilani village of Nahr-e-Shahi district, Balkh provinceJan - Jun 2019Australian Embassy in Kabul and Hand in Hand International31,560Completed
Creating Future Economic Prospects for Reintegration of Returnees and IDPs in Northern and North-eastern Regions of Afghanistan through the Layers Poultry Value Chain: The project aims to improve skills and capacity of 1,500 (90% female) returnees and IDPs to create 1,500 stable and income-generating layer poultry enterprises and enhance their access to market through the creation of sustainable layer poultry value chain. This project started after the successful implementation of pilot project in 2017.Balkh, Samangan and Baghlan provincesJan - Dec 2018Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH through HiH Int589,894Completed
Food Insecurity and Malnutrition Household Perception Survey in 12 provinces of Afghanistan (May 2017): HIHAO in partnership with OSDS facilitates and conducts household interviews at provincial and district levels of 12 provinces. Under this project views of 330 households are captured.Kabul, Oruzgan, Badghis, Bamyan, Balkh, Dikondi, Kunduz, Kandahar, Laghman, Wardak, Herat and Paktia provinesMay 2017World Food Program (WFP).15,124Completed
Execution of Food Insecurity and Malnutrition Consultation Workshops: The goal of this project is to obtain a wide range of ideas on complexity of food insecurity and malnutrition in the country in particular at the sub national level. The project is implemented in five regions and aims to obtain insights of communities affected by food insecurity and malnutrition, collect information and case studies on the severity of situation from government officials and to allow stakeholders to participate in the consultation process and share their findings.Badakhshan, Bamyan, Herat, Kandahar and Nangarhar provincesApr – May 2017World Food Program (WFP).32,160Completed
Reducing poverty and gender disparity in Saripul Province of Afghanistan by improving household incomes and financial resilience for rural women through enterprise and job creation: The project’s overall purpose is to socio-economically empower 13,300 poor, mostly women, in Saripul Province, through the creation/enhancement of micro-enterprises; improved household income; improved financial resilience through household savings; strengthened accountability and decision-making of women at household/community level. Balkhab, Gosfandi and Sancharak districts of Saripul provinceApr 2015 -Mar 2018Co-funded by DFID and HiH Int. through HiH Int.2,600,000 Completed
Supporting rural entrepreneurship and promoting women’s socio-economic empowerment in Dara-i-Suf Bala and Dara-i-Suf Payan districts of Samangan Province: Through this project, 5,707 rural poor in Samangan (72% women) economically empowered and benefit from strengthened socio-economic opportunities, against the target of 5,400. Dara-i-Suf Bala and Dara-i-Sub Payan districts of Samangan provinceMar 2014 - Aug 2016Co-funded by EU and HiH Int.1,379,000 Completed
Sustainable Livelihoods Program III:
This project contributed to reducing poverty and gender disparity in the targeted area through the mobilization of 3,648 community members into SHG, against the target of 3,000; capacity development with business and vocational training; empowerment by improved access to assets and markets.
Shortepa and Kishendah districts of Balkh provinceJan 2015 - Dec 2016HiH Int795,978

Completed
Improving Lives through the Creation of Microenterprises and Jobs: This project focused on community development through capacity building of community members, achieved through the mobilization of 1,990 individuals into SHGs, against the target of 1,800, and provision of vocational skills training and enterprise start-up-toolkits, resulting in theAqcha district of Jawzjan provinceJan 2014 - Dec 2015Co-funded by HiH Int and HiH Sweden561,270Completed
Piloting and Implementation of the Concept of One District One Product (ODOP) for Community Led Microenterprise Development in Rural Areas: Key deliverable for this project include: mobilizing 160 entrepreneurs into 32 Enterprise Groups (EGs); strengthening the capacity of EGs according to their priority needs; formulating operational guidelines as well as capacity building modules for the ODOP; facilitating linkages between the program and different service providers.Parwan and Herat ProvincesJul 2014 -Dec 2014World Bank through AREDP/MRRD180,798Completed
Business Development Training Project for SMEs: This project aimed at developing training materials and delivering on/off the job training to 48 SMEs in AREDP’s prioritized province of Bamyan.Bamyan provinceJun 2014 - Dec 2014World Bank through AREDP/MRRD117,593Completed
Sustainable Livelihoods Program (SLP): A total of 7,200 entrepreneurs across three districts of Balkh province gained capacity to create sustainable livelihoods through access to training, with 52% being women against the target of 40%. HIHAO also provided training to local staff from other NGOs and governmental institutions through the Knowledge Resource Center.Kaldar, Marmul and Shorgara districts of Balkh provinceDec 2010 - Dec 2014Sida and HiH Int.1,500,000Completed
Value Chain Improvement Project:
The project focused on capacity assessment and training of seven women cooperatives in seven provinces and their exposure visit to Hand in Hand India’s entrepreneurship model in Tamil Nadu India.
Nangarhar, Kunduz, Takhar, Badakhshan, Balkh, Parwan and HeratOct 2012 - Oct 2013USAID through ADF/ACE94,030Completed
Sanitation and Hygiene Awareness and Enterprise Development: Provision of microfinance and business skills training to 1,000 economically active poor in Balkh to establish/enhance their enterprise; increase access to sanitation and hygiene information and services for 7,200 rural entrepreneurs and their families. Kaldar, Marmul and Shorgara districts of Balkh provinceMay 2011 - Apr 2014J&JCCT through HiH Int410,000

Completed
Horticulture and Livestock Project (HLP): Key deliverable include: social mobilization and leadership training; supporting the creation of Farmer Field Schools (FFS); assisting the producer groups with external market linkages and training on collective marketing system; awareness building about agriculture cooperatives; training on how to run cooperatives as an effective business center; the formation of Farmer Service Centers at district level. Khulm district of Balkh provinceMar 2009 - Dec 2011World Bank through Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL244,517Completed
Consulting Services and Training for AREDP: HIHAO trained the Provincial Enterprise Facilitators and Village Facilitators of AREDP/MRRD from Balkh, Herat, Nangarhar, Bamyan and Parwan provinces, on Social Mobilization, Self Help Group Formation, Business Development Services (BDS), Access to Credit, Value Chain and Market Linkages.Parwan and Kabul provincesFeb 2009 - Jul 2011World Bank through AREDP/MRRD36,560Completed
Facilitating Rural Enterprise Development (FRED) through capacity building of Self-Help groups: The project builds on Afghanaid’s previous work with the DFID and Diana Memorial Fund (2005-2007). The overall goal of the project was to strengthen rural income through mobilizing community saving/credit and enhancing rural enterprise development. Argu, Baharak and Shuhada districts of Badakhshan provinceJan 2007 - Dec 2008Hand in Hand100,000Completed
Small & Medium sized Enterprise Development (SMED): The project aimed to support the implementation of SMEs such as melon grading, packaging, marketing and almond sorting, grading, and packaging with two private sectors in Balkh province.Balkh provinceJun 2008 - Jun 2009

MRRD110,550Completed
Mass Mobilization into Entrepreneurship (MME) Project: This was a pre pilot project of AREDP implemented by HIHAO, total 7,200 entrepreneurs across Khulm and Nahr-e-Shahee districts of Balkh province gained capacity to create a sustainable livelihood through access to training. The mentioned members were handed over to the AREDP

Khulm and Nahr-e-Shahi districts of Balkh province Jan 2008 - Dec 2010Government of India/ AREDP812,000Completed