Photograph by Steve McCurr

Putting bread on the tables of Kabul’s neediest families, the staff of a “widow bakery” prepares dough for loaves of naan, an Afghan staple. Part of a UN World Food Program (WFP) project begun during the Taliban regime, the 80 such bakeries in Mazar-e Sharif, Kandahar, and Kabul offer uneducated women (mostly widows) rewarding employment while providing subsidized daily rations of bread to more than 150,000 destitute Afghans. The WFP plans on expanding the program, says spokesman Maarten Roest. “There is clearly more demand than the bakeries can meet now.”


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