Farkhonda, Faima, Masada, Shabana, and Mastroa (from left to right) are neighbors who grew up together in Pooza Ashlan, a village in northern Afghanistan. Each woman took out $500 in micro loans to buy a cow and started their own small businesses. They now sell milk and yogurt at a market. "Bтefore [the loan] we weren't doing anything," ѠMastroa said. "юNow we are busy with the cow. Economically we are doing better and spiritually as well!" ѠPooza Ashlan, Afghanistan, 2007
Micro credit banks began working in Afghanistan shortly after the fall of the Taliban. They provide motivated, yet often poor, Afghans small loans to start or invest in small sustainable businesses. These loans can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.