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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 30, 2020

Murodali Sharipov worked as a labor migrant in Russia for 15 years. In 2017, when he returned to his family and homeland, a remote village in Qushoniyon district in the south of Tajikistan, he was unprepared for the significant challenges that lay ahead.

Central Asia
January 22, 2020

Today, USAID’s Smart Waters project convened water sector national partners from five Central Asian countries and Afghanistan for the eighth Regional Steering Committee for water coordination in Burabay, Kazakhstan. The meeting facilitated the exchange of information and ideas among participating countries and the sharing of national best practices at a regional level.  

December 13, 2019

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, tensions at the border have been high. In Voruh, a predominantly Tajik-populated village located on the Kyrgyz side in Batken, three violent conflicts have taken place in 2019 alone. The most recent incident in July led to one death and seventeen hospitalizations. Given the frequency of such clashes, both countries frequently publish one-sided, controversial stories. Tajik and Kyrgyz journalists rarely report perspectives from the other side and usually cite sources only from their respective countries, including some government sources.

December 11, 2019

On December 10, 2018, the Bureau on Human Rights and Rule of Law, a Tajik organization, recognized Gulnora Amirshoeva as the best journalist reporting human rights issues, with a focus on promoting the rights of women and children.  Amirshoeva, the Editor-in-Chief of Vecherka newspaper, was praised for raising concerns about traditional and new media in 2018, and for expressing her civic stance through journalism.

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