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Poverty in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world. Since the Soviet invasion in 1979, it has been the scene of a series of conflicts that have continued for more than four decades.

Poverty in Afghanistan is widespread throughout rural and urban areas. The government estimates that 42% of the country’s total population lives below the national poverty line. Another 20% are struggling to make ends meet, which means they could easily fall into poverty.

Imagine that Afghan households tend to be large, with numerous children and several generations that share the same dwelling. And, although agriculture is traditionally the major activity for a large portion of the population, the sector has suffered from nearly 40 years of conflict, low investment, and natural disasters.

These families need access to clean water in order to restore their local agricultural communities. They also need nutritious food, clothes, and medical aid. Even a small donation can change their life completely.

Most of our projects are Zakat eligible.


Afghanistan Facts

Decades of war have made Afghanistan the world’s most dangerous country and the largest producer of refugees and asylum seekers in the world. Over 20 million people out of the 39 million population are living in poverty.

  • 72% of the population live in extreme poverty.
  • 64% of the population are illiterate.
  • 58% of the population still live without access to clean water sources.
  • 41% of the children under 5 suffer from stunting.
  • 30% of the 5 – 14-year-olds are child labourers.
  • 2nd highest maternal mortality rate in the world.
  • 3rd highest infant mortality rate in the world.

Two major factors which the report illustrates are food insecurity and the lack of a social security net.

Aryana Aid is currently working to implement food security and cash transfer projects targeting some thousands of beneficiaries in Ghazni, Badakhshan, Herat, Logar, and Kunduz provinces.

Despite recent progress, millions of Afghans still live in severe poverty, with limited access to food and other basic requirements.

Help us to minimise poverty in Afghanistan

Annual Report

We are pleased to submit our 2022/23 Annual Report, which shows the amazing projects and achievements made possible by your donations. We hope this reassures our donors of our commitment to our causes and projects. To review the report, click on the image below. Thank you!

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