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Last updated: July 21, 2021

July 21, 2021

Ilyas Kudratullaev, 25, is an ambitious budding entrepreneur from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. He is one of over 7,000 young people from the country to benefit from USAID’s Enriching Youth for Tomorrow program, designed to prepare youth for the modern labor market and enable them to contribute to the local economy and their communities.

July 2, 2021

An obstetrics and gynecologist (OBGYN) by training, Dr. Galina Grebennikova, is now the head of the Kazakhstan Association of Sexual and Reproductive Health. Soon after graduating from medical school in 1994, Galina started her rotation in Kazakhstan’s newly formed Family Planning Unit in Almaty.

July 1, 2021

Almagambetova Gulzhan Zhaksylykovna, wears many hats: wife, mother, grandmother, and Supreme Court justice. She went to law school when Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union. “I studied law at the Legal College in Chelyabinsk and later graduated from the Sverdlovsk Law Institute in Russia in 1991.” Her father was a respected lawyer who spent decades in the prosecutor’s office. “I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” says Justice Almagambetova.  

June 27, 2021

Aktuigun Pazylova founded her company, Ecomarket, in 2015 to process Fava beans (broad beans) and chickpeas in the Kyrgyz Republic. She started her business with seven workers, one washing machine, and a frying machine with a capacity of four tons per month. 

June 24, 2021

In July 2020, IT Park Uzbekistan, a finalist in USAID's Future Growth Initiative co-funding program, launched Tumaris.Tech, a project designed to support women’s entrepreneurship in Uzbekistan. To date, 73 women have completed the incubation and acceleration program, and 38 have started their own businesses. Here are three of their stories.