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Villages in Shaidan Valley in Bamiyan province have largely been left out of development initiatives that have benefitted other parts of Afghanistan. CRS and donor Caritas New Zealand have started several initiatives well-suited for this particular location including greenhouses with mud walls on three sides to cut down on wind, higher-value garlic to supplement income from potatoes and wheat, savings groups, and a women's embroidery group that creates custom designs for the local market.

Garlic farmer Zahra with her crop, the first year she has planted it. Her husband still cares for the potatoes and wheat, but she and her daughter cultivate the garlic for sale in Bamiyan market. She hopes to save some of her income in the community savings box organized by CRS.

Photo by Jennifer Hardy/Catholic Relief Services