Brief Introduction of Returnees Enterprises Development Program

Brief Introduction of Returnees Enterprises Development Program

Afghanistan is a country experiencing a huge influx of returnees, many from Pakistan and Iran. In 2016 alone, the country welcomed 600,000 returnees. UNHCR predicts another 500,000 to 700,000 returnees by the end of 2017 which is mainly due to unfavorable living conditions in neighboring countries or forced eviction of these families. The Government of Afghanistan is committed to provide sustainable support to the returned families in terms of launching various income generating programs at the community and national level. The aim of such unique support programs is to facilitate returnees for their smooth settlement and reintegration with local community without burdening on their current available resources.  

The Government of Afghanistan destined and piloting Returnees Enterprises Development (RED) Program to support carpet sector value chain through Afghanistan Rural Enterprises Development Program (AREDP) of Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development (MRRD). AREDP adopted various approaches for carpet values chain development, to increase the competitiveness of enterprises, create sustainable employment and income generating opportunities to alleviate poverty. Through this program the value chain of carpet sector will get enable to deliver products/services to the consumer more efficiently, with a higher quality and/or in a more unique form.

Overall objectives of 1 year concept are to achieve GoIRA vision of broad-based economic growth particularly for returnees in carpet sectors, to create and facilitate sustainable employment opportunities and increase income through enterprise/entrepreneurship development interventions in 8 provinces (Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Parwan, Baghalan, Herat, Kandahar and Balkh) for 5,000 Returnees in Carpet sector. In order to increase income-generating activities from survival to strong and viable enterprises, the target group needs to access the full range of business support services, information, and technical capacity to develop their productive assets and businesses. AREDP will provide the selected beneficiaries the carpet weaving tools (Loom), raw materials, and other business resources. Additionally; in terms of keeping the program sustainable, AREDP will make beneficiaries linkages with local, national and international markets, which will help them to export their products and get viable revenue generation from the program.

Taban Saffron Enterprise Group - a Benchmark of Environmental and Social Safety

Mohammad Naim is a 50 years old man who lives with his eight children in Saranaw village of Injil district, Herat province. Naim has never gone through a complete education; only can do basic writing and reading.

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One District One Product

Context: Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program (AREDP) strives to bring innovative enterprise development concepts into the rural areas of Afghanistan in order to create sustainable livelihood for poor people.

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AREDP believes in social inclusion and gives hope for People with Disabilities

Context: The thirty years of war has affected people’s life in Afghanistan significantly; in particular it has left many people with physical disabilities. Currently, it is estimated that over 850,000 people in Afghanistan suffer from various forms of disabilities and most of them are deprived from access to job or any employment opportunities.

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BDSP CONCEPT IS NEW AND ITS END RESULT IS VERY SATIFACTORY AND REWARDING

Context: To encourage effective working environment and promote quality service, Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program initiated the concept of Business Development Service Providers (BDSP) within its programing.

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HOBBY TURNED TO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS FOR NASIMA

Context: Nasima is a 24 years old girl from a village in Dahdadi district of Balkh province called Paghmanyaar. She is a high school graduate who was unable to further proceed her education due to family restrictions.

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FATIMA, A BUSINESS INSPIRATION FOR HER FELLOW VILLAGERS

Context: Life in the villages can be harsh while trying to make a living under the uneasy & problematic rural conditions; but every once in a while, rises an inspiring man/woman whose tales are worth telling.

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Enterprise Training for People with Disabilities (PwDs) in Parwan

Context:AREDP initiated a ilot project to train People with Disabilities in the Parwan district and later extend it to Nangarhar and other provinces with AREDP presence, for people with disabilities, to benefit from AREDP development interventions.

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Kandahar Enterprise Groups (EGs)- Striving for a Better Life

Context: Kandahar is the most violent and insecure province of Afghanistan. However, the province is naturally endowed and famous for its fresh fruits and vegetables. Currently, the populations of the province, particularly women, are exploring the potential of using the fresh fruits and vegetables to develop sustainable income generation opportunities,.

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Cotton Processing Training in India

Context: In line with the mandate of Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program (AREDP) and Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), a twelve days technical know-how training for a group of Cotton Seed and Oil Entrepreneurs from Kandahar, Helmand, Herat and Balk was held in India.

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Financially Empowering Rural Women through Saving Groups and Financial Literacy

Context: Shahrak Razi is an isolated village in Karokh district (Herat province). In the last ten years, most of the residents of Shahrak Razi migrated to Iran due to the internal conflicts and crippling socio-economic problems.

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