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Gulzat Tuleeva presenting her guesthouse during a regional business meeting in May 2015

Like many other women entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan, Gulzat Tuleeva was able to fulfill her dream of starting a business only after her children were old enough. She launched her hotel business in 2013 when she was 36 years old and had four children with the eldest being already 15. Gulzat’s 12 room guesthouse, Adamkaly (Good Luck), is conveniently placed along the main road in Kochkor city, mountainous Naryn province in central Kyrgyzstan. The year-round guests are mostly business travelers from local businesses, banks, and government agencies. From May through October, Gulzat’s guesthouse also caters to local and international tourists.

 

Coordinator of NPM Resource Center, Prof. Irys Beybutova with students of nonprofit management course

The Kyrgyz Republic has the most vibrant and diverse civil society in Central Asia. The Government is introducing a social procurement system to directly fund civil society organizations (CSOs) as effective public service providers. At the same time, USAID’s Collaborative Governance Program has worked in parallel to improve the expertise of CSOs through nonprofit management (NPM) education.  This initiative responds to the need within the CSO community for better NPM education so that CSOs can improve the quality of social services, conduct research in support of decision-making, and more effectively advocate for citizens’ needs.

Participants at the October conference review the background materials before a discussion.

The State Agency for Geology and Mineral Resources (SAGMR) of the Kyrgyz Republic is responsible for implementing mining policy, regulating geological exploration and licensing procedures, and conducting tenders and auctions. It is also responsible for informing local communities about policy changes and legal regulations. Despite the wide range of responsibilities, the agency lacked the capacity to effectively manage communication with stakeholders which led to conflicts between mining companies and local communities, slowed production rates, and decreased the sector attractiveness for the investors. Research conducted in eight districts of the Kyrgyz Republic in 2012 showed that many people have a negative attitude to mining companies. 

Mohamed Adbel-Rahman (right) answers questions from local apple farmers

Nuridin Erjigitov, an apple farmer in the Nookat rayon in the Osh province located in the South of the Kyrgyz Republic, faces a problem every autumn: he has more apples than he can sell at a good price. Thousands of other small-scale farmers in Nookat rayon, a major apple producer for the Kyrgyz market, also face this same challenge.  They can choose to sell the apples when market prices are low due to high supply, or store the apples and sell later when supply is low and prices are high.  Many small-scale farmers, however, sell when prices are low because they lack access to suitable storage facilities and knowledge of proper postharvest techniques.

Gulnaz Baiturova at a 2015  textiles trade fair in Bishkek

Gulnaz Baiturova started her tailoring business «Inesse» in 2012. Her main customers are women and children and her main products are evening and casual dresses, blouses, skirts and pants. Despite her business being steady, Gulnaz felt that in order for her business to grow she needed a solid plan. She made a few attempts to develop a business plan by herself, but without much experience and guidance she failed to complete it. “I tried to write a business plan but only did so partially with the rest of the plan still in my mind, without a clear description…” says Gulnaz.

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Last updated: March 14, 2017

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