Kyrgyzstan – 16. November 2021

Women of southern regions of Kyrgyzstan took part in Women's Enterpreneurship Day

On November 12, 14 and 16 the forum of women entrepreneurs "Independent Kyrgyzstan and Women's Entrepreneurship" was held in Osh oblast.

The event was organized in honor of the World Women's Entrepreneurship Day, which is celebrated annually on November 19 in 144 countries under the auspices of the UN as a global initiative of Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED), which aims to empower women around the world. This year the forum kicked off on November 12 in Daroot-Korgon village of Chon-Alai district, followed by an event in Gulcha village of Alai district on November 14 and in Osh city on November 16.

The event was organized by the Swiss Bai Alai programme, implemented by Helvetas Kyrgyzstan together with the Aga Khan Foundation, as well as the Kurak Women's Forum NGO and the USAID’s Agrosooda project.

More than 200 people from Batken, Osh and Jalal-Abad regions took an active part in the forum and were able not only to share their experiences and success stories, but also to hear the success stories of the event speakers:

- The Ambassador of the World Women's Entrepreneurship Day in the Kyrgyz Republic, Chairman of the Board of Kurak Women's Forum Ainura Sagynbaeva

- Reina Janybekova, Head of the Reina-Kench organic farm.

- Creative Director of "Dilbar" Fashion House, Member of the Board of Kurak Women’s Forum Dilbar Ashimbayeva

- Maergul Karakozueva, Social Entrepreneur, Founder of Art Hotel and Konok Hostel in Osh

- Dilbara Muratova, head of the Issyk-Kul branch of the Kyrgyz Union of Beekeepers

"During the forum I received a lot of useful information about business opportunities in different sectors from women who have achieved success. For residents of remote areas like Alai such events are very useful, as we have the opportunity to get firsthand information, as well as gain motivation and overcome our fears" - said Gulbarchyn Azimova, a resident of Zhosholu village in Alai district.

In turn, the speakers noted the high interest of the forum participants and awarded the most active participants with certificates for individual consultations on business.

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The Phase II of the Small Business and Income Creation Programme in Alai and Chon Alai is funded by the Government of Switzerland through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and implemented by Helvetas Kyrgyzstan and Aga Khan Foundation.

For more information on this project, please contact Bai Alai Project Manager Imanaly Turkbaev, Imanaly.turkbaev@helvetas.org, tel: +996 (550) 157 013.