Gender inequality is a worldwide problem; Afghanistan is no different. Women account for 60% of the population and are the primary agricultural producers and caregivers for their families. However, they are usually the last to receive developmental aid. To increase long-term sustainability in developing countries, NGOs need to design projects that benefit women. This qualitative study describes the outcomes of a micro-grant program targeting Afghan women but also included males. The grant recipients were empowered to increase family incomes, send their children to school, and support community development projects. These were positive indicators of social change in Afghanistan and may represent outcomes with applicability in other developing countries facing similar challenges.
Keywords: Afghanistan, Entrepreneurs, Gender Equity, Micro-grants