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Last updated: December 28, 2021

December 22, 2021

Yelena Berezinskaya-Abilova is one of the 200 Public Council members across Kazakhstan who benefited from the USAID-funded Kazakhstan Rule of Law Program. Today, at the age of 50, she is a proactive businesswoman and co-founder of a social accountability initiative to protect business and counter corruption. She was born and raised in Oskemen, East Kazakhstan and spent her entire life there.

December 21, 2021

“After the course, my self-esteem improved and I am more confident. I accept myself the way I am and am not so influenced by or dependent on the opinions of others,” says Milana Tushkanova, a 16-year old who is in her second year of studying electrical engineering at the Mining and Metallurgical College in Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. Milana is also one of the first graduates of the USAID-funded Life Skills Training Program which completed in February 2021. As a result of the program, Milana saw how important it is to strengthen her family relationships, friendships, and connections with the people in her life.

December 19, 2021

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the governments of all five Central Asian countries made commitments to promoting equal rights and opportunities for all people as well as joining international human rights conventions. Nevertheless, women still encounter cultural and social barriers when entering technical and management fields, which are traditionally considered to be more suitable for men. 

December 19, 2021

Kristina Shoh, 26, is a single mother of two living in Malik Gabdullin village, three hours outside of Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan. She works for KazBeef Holding, an American-Kazakh joint venture and a leading beef producer in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Her responsibilities include keeping farmer records and documenting calves taken to the feedlot. Kristina is also an entrepreneur – for an additional income, she and her mother run a small farm with 40 cows and calves.

December 3, 2021

Over the past decade, with support from USAID and other partners, Kazakhstan’s National Tuberculosis (TB) Program has reduced TB incidence in the country by 66 percent, and decreased TB mortality sixfold.

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