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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.


A joint report released by the Afghan Ministry of Economy and the World Bank has highlighted the multidimensional nature of poverty in Afghanistan, and its impact on the most vulnerable.

  • The country suffers from one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world.
  • More than 50% of children under 5 years are chronically malnourished (stunted).
  • 1/5 of Afghan women of child-bearing age are underweight.
  • Average life expectancy is 62 years.
  • Adult literacy stands at just 28%.

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 2020 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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We work with the local Afghan community to deliver emergency aid and long term sustainability through our orphan sponsorship, widow skills training, and water and electricity projects.
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