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Mamlakat Abduqahorova manages irrigation canals in Tajikistan.

As the sun sets in rural Tajikistan, farmers start heading to the main building in town for their water users association meeting. All heads turn as their leader, Chairwoman Mamlakat Abduqahorova, calls the meeting to order. In this male-dominated society, the farmers in the room look to Abduqahorova for direction. She has been successfully leading the Havaskor-1 Water User Association since its formation in March 2012, and is part of a select few women who lead water users associations in Tajikistan.

Image of Makhadali Khuramov displaying his fruit.

Makhadali Khuramov, who leases 2 hectares (approximately 5 acres) of land in Tajikistan’s Rudaki District, struggled for years to obtain water to irrigate his fields adequately.

By participating in the Rebuild Afghanistan Trade Fair in Kabul, Doro LLC received exposure and contacts that proved valuable la

Doro LLC is a well-known retailer in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, that specializes in office equipment and computers, furniture, mobile phones, and other electronic goods. They also own a subsidiary company, Art Echo, that manufactures school and office furniture.

Children at Yazgulam's School No. 22 enjoy interactive lessons, part of innovative changes suggested by a USAID education initia

The village of Yazgulam in Gorno Badakhshan District was one of the hotbeds of Tajikistan’s civil war from 1992 to 1997. Although the war ended years ago, Yazgulam’s inhabitants were still afraid of the militants that continued to wander around the village. “Safety was the main concern. I didn’t have high hopes that this place would ever improve,” said resident Khafiz Azoraev.

Khamzaev Farm owner Abdumukim Mirkarimov (left) appraises the apricot harvest with farm personnel.

The old Tajik city of Isfara is famous for its apricot orchards. Apricot production is the main source of income for the population of this region, and for years the high productivity allowed exports to countries of the former Soviet Union.

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Last updated: November 21, 2014

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