At first, Mahtab blamed the government for the prevalence of street children in Kabul. Once she realized she could do something to help, the 16-year-old began teaching at The Borderfree Afghan Street Kids School in Kabul, which opened in 2015. Ninety-three Afghan street children attend the school run by volunteers who teach language and math literacy.
The capital of Afghanistan is a tough place to start and run a restaurant but a handful of foreign women are doing just that. For one, Kabul is the latest in a series of post-conflict cities where she has catered to the nomadic “U.N. crowd.”