News: Micro-grant keeps Kajran’s autos on the road
DAYKUNDI, Afghanistan – An Afghan man was the recipient of a coalition sponsored micro-grant to restore his auto repair business after Taliban criminals stole his tools and equipment in Kajran district, Daykundi province, July 3.
The micro-grant used to re-establish Abdul Qadar’s mechanic business has significantly increased the growth of commerce within the Kajran district. His repair services will be able to keep both civilian and government automobiles operating properly after coalition forces leave Afghanistan.
“When the Taliban stole the repair shop’s tools, the establishment’s ability to provide mechanical services to the Kajran district was drastically reduced,” said a coalition representative. “Since receiving the micro grant, Abdul has purchased a variety of new tools, including a new sign, two air compressors, two jacks, a new grease gun, and several small tools.”
Additional tools are still in transit from Kandahar and are expected to arrive within the next several days.
“Since expanding, Abdul is now able to service a wider variety of vehicles,” said the coalition representative. “Also, the repair shop’s profits have increased by 15 percent-20 percent, with an additional five to six customers a day.”
Regional Afghan National Police and Afghan Local Police use Abdul’s services to repair and maintain official vehicles.
“Abdul’s repair shop is located on an important trade route within the Kajran district,” added the coalition representative. “His services enable vehicles to continue to move goods and supplies within the district.”
Date Posted:07.09.2012 08:08
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