From the Field Blog

  • Last September Farnaz Gulamhussein joined the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) as the Impact Investing Fellow. Upon receiving confirmation of her acceptance into the first cohort of AKF USA’s Fellowship program, she felt overwhelmingly grateful for the opportunity to join an organization as distinguished as AKF USA. Having grown up in Tanzania, Farnaz was familiar with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). She attributes many of her altruistic values and achievements her long-time involvement, both personal and professional, with the AKDN. Read on for her reflections on the past year at AKF USA and her hopes for the future. 

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  • Aly Panjwani is a Senior at Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas and the Culture Officer for the Dallas Aga Khan Foundation Youth Ambassadors. As a performer and an advocate for the fine arts, he took the lead for hosting the annual PartnershipsInAction Art Competition in the Dallas Forth-Worth metroplex, which serves to raise awareness of global poverty and its solutions through artistic expression. Read on for his reflections about the power art has to build awareness and create meaningful change. 

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  • The Aga Khan Development Network has grown its partnership with Whole Planet Foundation (WPF) to improve options for families in West Africa. This new grant builds on WPF’s 2013 activities with Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) and the Première Agence de Microfinance (PAMF) in Ivory Coast to bring access to credit to 5,000 rural families. In one of the world’s poorest regions, WPF and AKF USA are exploring how to use mobile technology to expand savings services to communities to help them get through seasonal cashflow crunches. Read on to learn more about this growing relationship.

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  • Wrapping up our series, Rooted in Resilience: From Crisis to Opportunity, is the story of Reham in Egypt. The last three years have been challenging for everyone, as the 2011 Arab Spring gave way to a turbulent time. Amid the disruptions, young people and small enterprises have paid some of the steepest prices. Over 9 out of 10 young people are unemployed, and small businesses have failed as their costs have soared. Despite these challenges, Reham has been able to build a successful business in the heart of Cairo.

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  • Next in our series, Rooted in Resilience: From Crisis to Opportunity, is the story of Mukanbet Ibraev in the Kyrgyz Republic. At the southern fringe of the former Soviet Union, Mukanbet Ibraev has worked as a veterinarian in rural Naryn province for 32 years. He serves 400 farmers a month and has cared for 10,000 sheep, over 600 horses, and hundreds of cattle, ducks, goats, yaks, dogs, and cats. Yet like Kyrgyzstan’s other rural veterinarians, Mukanbet has lost the support system he relied on for decades. Since the Soviet Union dissolved and government subsidies ended, farmers must pay for veterinary services and medicines. Many farmers resist this new reality. Read on to learn how Mukanbet and other veterinarians have worked to build public trust and private practice in the post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan.

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