A Welder at Maisam Steel Mill, a Medium-sized Company in Kabul, Afghanistan
A welder at Maisam Steel Mill, a medium-sized company in Kabul, Afghanistan works on a piece of iron that was molded from scrap metal and which will later be made into various steel construction materials. USAID-funded Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) Program supports the company’s plan to establish a continuous cast iron fabrication line that will supply the requirements of the construction sector for various steel products, which are currently imported from countries in the region. This business expansion will bring down the cost of steel construction materials and create almost 200 jobs, mostly for Afghan youth. The ABADE Program spurs economic growth in Afghanistan by assisting small and medium companies to innovate, expand, and modernize their businesses through equipment procurement and technical support. These leveraged partnerships encourage more direct investments by Afghan companies in Afghanistan.
Credit: Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) Program/Sulaiman Latifi