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ASIA · Tajikistan
Transforming rural girls into economic actors
Rano Kosimova (52) was elected chief executive of the non-governmental organization “Parastor” in 1996. Receiving higher education and graduating from university, Rano had the passion to empower other rural women to receive education, along with health and economic resources, in order to become vital members of the community.
With support from Save the Children (UK), Rano was able to open a sewing shop for 60 young girls, providing the girls with a new skill. Parastor was turned into a permanent training course center where women can learn a multitude of activities from embroidery to animal raising. In addition, business development courses are held so women can develop their skills and knowledge into a prosperous and long-term business.
Beyond Parastor, Rano has implemented many successful projects. Projects have included mobilizing community leaders to discuss social problems, educating communities about sanitation at schools and encouraging local communities to participate in decision-making processes. Such determination and strive for a better livelihood for rural women allowed Rano to undertake many projects and have a great impact on many women.
Rano has achieved the following through her work: 45 young women were trained in guesthouse entrepreneurship in order to launch their own businesses; 3 sewing workshops were established; and 15 young women were employed. Hope was restored for these women as they can now earn incomes for themselves and for their families.
femmes rurales permirent à Rano d’entreprendre de nombreux projets et d’avoir un impact important sur la vie de nombreuses femmes.