Hand in Hand Afghanistan

Hand in Hand Afghanistan

Hand in Hand Afghanistan (HIHAO) is a not-for-profit and non-governmental organization registered with Ministry of Economy of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (License # 890; 21 December 2006). HIHAO works to promote women’s economic empowerment to deliver higher incomes, greater mobility and increased decision-making power for vulnerable Afghan women. Increasingly, since 2020, HIHAO has pivoted to providing humanitarian support to households most at risk of food insecurity. Headquartered in Mazar-e-Sharif, we have helped 50,000 women and men beat the odds and succeed as entrepreneurs since 2007, running profitable enterprises that stand the test of time.


HIHAO’s vision is an Afghanistan where all citizens have access to good quality and comprehensive services, where their fundamental rights are met without discrimination on the grounds of gender or ethnicity.


HIHAO’s mission is to enable disadvantaged communities to determine their own development and enhance their livelihoods, increase social cohesion, reduce violence and promote peace.  HIHAO provides assistance to victims of humanitarian crisis, to protect their lives and dignity.

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