How We Help Our Impact Our impact Afghanaid is committed to making sure our projects really are transforming lives. We measure the impact of our work through internal and external evaluations, regular monitoring, and surveys of project participants. Here are just a few examples from recent projects of the impact our work is having on the communities we serve. Women’s Economic Empowerment Afghanaid recently completed a three year project to give 14,000 very poor women all the training, support and equipment they needed to set up home-based businesses and start generating an income. The women could choose from a range of livelihoods; from tailoring to baking, dairy processing to bee-keeping. As a result of participating in the project: Two out of every three women increased their contribution to family income. More than three quarters of families of participants improved both the quality and quantity of food their families ate. Two thirds of families of participants reduced their hunger period over winter. 98% of women felt their confidence had grown, with more than half reporting improved relations with male family members and many reporting that they are now more involved in family decisions. There was a 95% increase in daughters attending school due to their mother’s participation in the project. 87% of the women who had experienced domestic violence before the project reported its reduction. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Afghanaid ran a project to deliver clean water, sanitation infrastructure and hygiene education to villages and schools across Samangan province, reaching over 66,000 vulnerable people. The project resulted in: A reduction in the under-5 mortality rate from 160 deaths per 1000 children to 70 deaths per 1000 children. Improved school attendance as a result of fewer days missed due to sickness. Improved school attendance particularly among teenage girls due to the provision of proper, private toilets facilities. Community Management of Natural Resources We recently completed a community-based natural resource management project in Badakhshan province which benefited 13,500 families. We worked with rural communities to strengthen their ability to sustainably mange the natural resources upon which their food security and livelihoods rely. The project resulted in: The formation of community-based natural resource management associations – Forestry Associations, Rangeland Associations, and Water-User Associations – with a total membership of over 10,000 users. These associations collect user fees which are used to improve the management of the forest, rangeland and water sources. More equal access to natural resources for the different socio-economic groups; wide coverage of households was crucial, with 88% of families having membership in at least one user group. Improved natural resource management has resulted in fewer landslides, fewer flash floods, and the return of vegetation to deforested areas. Increased household incomes from their agricultural livelihood activities. The external evaluator commended Afghanaid’s community-based approach as being highly successful in creating sustainable, democratically managed user associations, and has recommended Afghanaid’s model to be replicated across the country. Check out our story hub for a closer look at our impact.