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The project supports the development of capacity in handicrafts


"Create an extended range of environmentally friendly products from artisan women’s cooperatives in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan for sustainable development of the markets in the countries of Central Asia, Asia and Europe." 

Partners in the Project:

Consortium "Umbria Export"

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry the Republic of Tajikistan

ALE - Association of business enterprises

The EU Delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic

Project Objectives: To improve the processes of product promotion of women's handicraft cooperatives by improving the competitiveness of the goods and services, assistance in expanding exports, reducing the gray economy, and ensuring social stability

Specific objectives:

1) Provision of craft communities in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with access to effective marketing services by supporting access to foreign markets and international exhibitions;

2) To increase the range and improve product quality through training in technical skills and doing business;

3) Development of social partnerships between the government and the Craft business associations of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and craft centers;

Final beneficiaries of action: rural-based artisan cooperatives, in particular women's groups, in rural areas of Kyrgyzstan;

Expected result: Creations of a network of craft business associations located in the pilot areas helping ensure access to external markets and opportunities to participate in international exhibitions and fairs.