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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Program in Afghanistan

The American University of Afghanistan, in partnership with Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, is administering the third year of a highly competitive business training and support program for Afghan women. The program is part of the worldwide 10,000 Women initiative sponsored by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation that supports business education for women around the world.

Between November 2010 and April 2011, the third year of the business women’s training program will be administered at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. The program will provide in-class training to 75 business women over this timeframe and all classes will be conducted in Dari/Farsi. In addition, all graduates from the program will be offered opportunities to participate in intensive mentoring activities and networking events with the 104 graduates from years one and two of the program and leading business support agencies in Afghanistan.

The curriculum for the training program was developed by faculty at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, ranked by the Financial Times as the number one school in International Management, and localized by Afghan professionals. The curriculum is focused on entrepreneurial skills, such as the marketing, finance, and the production of a viable business plan. Thunderbird is also working closely with AUAF to increase capacity at the university.

In addition to training in business and entrepreneurship, the participants of the program have access to a resource center on AUAF’s campus, where there are computers, books, and meeting space available for use during the course and after they have completed their training.

As a result of this training, participants will be equipped to start or grow viable businesses within 6 months after their graduation from the program, which will give Afghan women higher levels of financial self-sustainability and allow them to further contribute to the development of the Afghan economy.

To apply for the program, please complete the forms attached in this post and send to the indicated address. There are forms in both English and Dari.

If you have any questions, please email or call +93 (0) 796398613.



Dear Jade,

Thanks for sharing about this important and usefull program. Unfortunately, due to my studies in the university, I would not be able to apply for this program. But believe me, the first time I read this, I thought about only one thing. That was, I wish best once would be selected in this program. As a serious issue in most of the offices is bribery and favortism, I hope the best once won't lose their opportunity and that the best ones would be selected for this highly, profitable program. So thanks dear Jade for such a nice and valuable information.

with love,


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Let the best applicant win!

Dear Mursal,

So good to hear from you. Are you back in Afghanistan for the summer break from university? I too hope that the most worthy women who apply will be chosen to participate in this exciting program. Do you have any friends who you might pass this information along to?

In friendship,

Dear Jade,
It is a wonderful feelings hearing about, planning, running, and doing of these programs in our Afghanistan. It really gives us hope of a New Afghanistan where we will be safe from our own people around us.

Parwana Fayyaz

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