May 31, 2022, Turkestan, Kazakhstan – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs Atameken, the Center for the Development of Women’s Entrepreneurship and microfinance organization Arnur Credit to facilitate a series of trainings on the “Creation of Women’s Cooperatives”. Through the creation of cooperatives, more women entrepreneurs can integrate into local supply chains across Central Asia.

“Cooperatives can play a vital role in empowering women by improving access to resources and economic opportunities. By working together, women-owned small businesses can overcome barriers faced by small businesses, leveraging their collective strengths to compete in the global economy,” said Robert Parker, USAID/Central Asia Regional Trade Manager, addressing the training participants.

During the training, customers of the Center for the development of female entrepreneurship, bborrowers from the microfinance organization Arnur Credit, and women entrepreneurs have learned to generate business ideas for the creation of cooperatives and validate them through brainstorming, business planning and registration with state authorities. The training aims to support at least one or two new women’s cooperatives with business connections and integrate them into local supply chains.

This training is part of a series that began on May 17, 2022, with 69 participants across Central Asia to discuss the purpose of women’s cooperatives, how they are formed and how best to meet the challenges and risks associated with the cooperative movement in the region.


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