Woman in Tajikistan with sewing machine

Kabirova’s Journey to Leadership

Kabirova’s journey is a testament to resilience. An early marriage forced her to halt her education prematurely. Eager to find ways to use her skills and contribute to her family’s income, she pursued her passion for sewing, selling her first creation for $0.18 cents. Juggling family responsibilities and her budding business, Kabirova established a sewing workshop with local backing.

Market stalls in Tajikistan

Yet, challenges persisted. It wasn’t until Kabirova enrolled in a women’s entrepreneurship training supported by CAI-Tajikistan that her vision truly blossomed. Through the training, she gained crucial financial and management skills and modern sewing techniques and equipment allowing her to propel her business to new heights. Her workshop is currently valued at USD 3,586 and employs 15 women.

“I am very proud to be one of the successful women entrepreneurs in my village who can be a good example for the next generation.”

Today, Kabirova stands as a beacon of success. She credits what she learned in CAI’s training for her achievements, emphasizing the pivotal role education plays in shaping futures. Kabirova’s story epitomizes the enormous potential of so many women in this impoverished corner of Central Asia who, provided with the right knowledge and information, have not only transformed their families’ lives but also become active participants in the region’s development.

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