Success Stories | Central Asia Regional

Speeches Shim

Language: English | Russian

Last updated: December 29, 2020

March 12, 2020

With misinformation increasingly spread through digital media, the USAID-funded Access to Information (A2I) Program is committed to helping audiences in Central Asia understand how to discern true information from false. As young people most actively use digital media for communication and information consumption, they are a key target group.

In February and March 2019, the Access to Information program partnered with U.S. Embassies and the American Corners in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan to deliver a training of trainers to volunteer citizens. The goal was to develop a pool of young media literacy trainers who could then provide practical sessions on media and digital literacy, critical thinking, and fact-checking exercises to interested audiences in their home communities.

February 27, 2020

Karyahan is a dedicated farmer with seven children. She and her family live in Lebap, situated in the northeast region of Turkmenistan. Karyahan was looking for a way to use her passion for farming to meet the financial needs of her family.  Karyahan dreamed of having her own orchard: “I wanted to do something meaningful and do it well. I was always good with tending fruit trees. So, I decided to lease my own land and plant a fruit orchard.”

February 14, 2020

Azam Ahrulloev is a 26-year-old entrepreneur who started his business in 2016 by purchasing second-hand sewing machines for only 25 USD. In the midst of an unfavorable business environment and with only a 3,000 USD loan from his grandfather, Azam began making shoes with minimal equipment and no additional staff.

January 27, 2020

Thanks to USAID’s Dignity and Rights project, survivors of human trafficking like Vepa can restart their lives and become productive members of their communities. “The greatest happiness is when you are at home. Thanks to USAID’s program, I’ve found the meaning of my life and started to believe in myself. Thank you so much for your work.” 

December 19, 2019

Several years ago Bakhytgul (name changed) and her family arrived from Mongolia to northern Kazakhstan.  She was participating in the “Oralman” initiative by the Government of Kazakhstan, which encourages ethnic Kazakhs living abroad to return to their historic homeland.  Despite receiving assistance from the government, the family struggled to make ends meet. For instance, Bakhytgul and her family could not afford the monthly rental fee to live in the subsidized housing provided through the Oralman program. Bakhytgul started sewing Kazakhstani apparel and household items to make a living, but without her own sewing machine, she was unable to earn enough to support her family.