Afghanistan has shut down a large part of its economy to try to protect against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With parts of the country under lockdown, many communities are struggling to access basic goods and services, and people are finding it challenging to support themselves. This is exacerbated by the instability and violence that continues to plague the country as it tries to recover from decades of war and conflict.

Despite these challenges, we are also seeing countless examples of communities coming together to support each other through the crisis.

Meet Lina and Nooria. Both women are graduates of the War Child business development program. They established successful small businesses – Lina in tailoring and Nooria in food processing. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, both women saw an opportunity to use their skills and business acumen to help their communities and continue to support their families.

Lina quickly put down the dresses and tunics she had been producing and switched to sewing and selling protective masks of which there is a shortage. Not only is she reducing the spread of the disease, she is also continuing to bring in enough income to feed her children. Watch her video here.

Nooria is the owner of a small food processing business. With a lockdown rolling out across the country, stores closing and trade with neighbouring countries being significantly reduced, Nooria saw that her neighbours were struggling to find food. She immediately increased her production to meet demand and is now selling shelf-safe products to her community. Watch her video here.

We are inspired by how these women have transformed their newly-learned business skills to become an integral response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

None of this however would be possible without the support of generous Canadians like you. This is a hard time for all of us but anything you can donate will make a huge difference in some of the most vulnerable communities – communities that must be supported if we are to seriously address this global crisis.

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