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Transporting Eggs Safely to Market
Abdul Naser sits at his stall ready to sell the many cartons of eggs on the table.  His business has improved since road improvements allowed him to deliver eggs in tact.
Cartons of eggs stand in the front of Abdul Naser's market stall in Keshim, Badakhshan Province.
New enterprises springing up along a new USAID-built road are a sign of economic growth in Afghanistan. Another sign of success is the revitalization of existing business where the new road intersects a local town. This is what happened when USAID’s Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program extended a 103-kilometer road in Badakhshan Province through the tiny town of Keshim on its way to the provincial capital of Faizabad.

Keshim has long been a stopover for truckers and passengers exhausted from trips on nearly impassable roads in northeastern Afghanistan. Long-haul and delivery trucks crowded each other and interfered with foot traffic. Clay and dust, stirred up by traffic, coated the merchandise.

The new road design created roundabouts and set-backs that would funnel Keshim traffic along wide boulevards and provide access to markets, side roads, and parking areas.

However, before road improvement could begin, the shops and traders who spilled into the existing roadway would have to move. “At first, I was worried,” said Abdul Naser when he learned that his open stall was located inside the right-of-way. “I was on the first line.”

Gradually, misgivings yielded to delight. USAID helped shopkeepers relocate to better, cleaner areas. Heavy trucks on their way through town no longer competed with pushcarts and pedestrians.

Abdul Naser was pleased. He reestablished his grocery stand in an excellent location on a street corner. His business improved. For the first time in recent memory, he was able to source enough eggs from Kabul to satisfy his clientele.

What was the problem getting eggs to market before the new road was built? The eggs broke in transit because the old road was just too rough.

Today, Naser, at his new location, has lots of eggs. He stacks them at the front of his stand each day.

“Due to better transportation,” Naser said, “trucks come daily, and they have fresh, high-quality commodities.”

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