Kate Landry

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The Sweet Taste of Success

You’ve heard a lot about the Afghan Women First Business Matchmaking Event that we organized in support of International Women’s Day. This is partly due to the fact that a... More
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A trip to Afghanistan's biggest industrial base

I’ve just gotten back from a four-day trip to Herat, which was like a breath of fresh air from the Hescos and barbed wire of Kabul. Those of you who have visited the ancient... More
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Local Woman-Owned Companies Win A Large Manufacturing Contract that Will Benefit Afghanistan

In 2008 Peace Dividend Trust (PDT) was approached by an international buyer’s head of contracting in Afghanistan to put together a conference for women-owned businesses. The... More

We've Got Competition!

Until recently we plugged ourselves as the only online database with detailed information about Afghan businesses, and to a certain extent that’s still correct, but we’ve ... More
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The Afghan First Outreach Event – Not Your Typical Meet and Greet

We here at Peace Dividend Trust are ardent Afghan First supporters. Connecting buyers with Afghan suppliers and facilitating contracts between the two is our bread and butter.... More
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Haitian Entrepreneurs are Ready and Able...

For those of you who follow PDT on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll have seen this picture: a cyber-café set up on the sidewalk of an informal internally displaced persons (IDP)... More

Moving Forward While Reflecting Back

PDT has been in Afghanistan since 2006, and working in Jalalabad, Kandahar and Mazar-e-Sharif since 2008, and we’ve enjoyed promoting and facilitating local procurement as a... More

Product Exhibitions at the Forefront of October ‘Event Month’

October’s “event month” has finally come to a close. I say event month because PDT participated in three product exhibition-type events (AgFair, the AISA International E... More

Buy Local - And From Different Suppliers

Last week I was finally able to get out of Kabul to see how the project operates in our field offices. I spent some time on KAF talking with buyers and users of our Business P... More

An Unlikely Headline: Not Every Afghan Company is Corrupt

Corruption in Afghanistan is a hot topic these days. More specifically, corruption in the contracting process. It seems like every day as I scan the news I see headlines like ... More
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Sneak Preview! The New Afghanistan Building Markets

It’s finally come! After years of clicking our way through the Building Markets site to get to the search function, wading through the never-ending UN Standard Products and ... More
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In a bright mood on a cold, rainy day

I am in a positively giddy mood this week. I’m excited about Afghan women entrepreneurs. Yes, I’m kind of a geek.... More

ABC4 Helps Buyers and Suppliers Shape the Way Forward for the Helmandi Marketplace

The fourth installment of the highly successful Afghan Business Conferences (ABCs) was held in Helmand on October 4th. Similar to the previous events, ABC4 brought together He... More

The Helmand Job Creation Survey Results Have Been Released!

Last May/June, we set about measuring the jobs created in Helmand province as a result of PDM-A activities. Despite the highly volatile security environment, the challenges in... More

Tips from the Experts: How to Make Afghan First Work

We know that local suppliers are eager to do business with international buyers, and that buyers increasingly want to do business with Afghan vendors (thanks Afghan First!). S... More

Fifty Women Entrepreneurs Trained, But Then What?

Like any good headquarters staff, I also wanted to get out of the office and see the PDM-A project at work. Attending the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women graduation ceremony provid... More

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