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Success stories on project ''Bio KG: Organic Aymaks in Issyk-Kul''   
Sultan Abdykadyrov, 58-year old farmer

Sultan was one of these 200 farmers, who received trainings on greenhouse farming. In the village of Bokonbaev, Sultan invested in a green-house, where he currently grows vegetables.

Today, he proudly states “I could increase my incomes by reducing my expenses on chemicals and through use of my own resources to grow organic products. Customers are also willing to pay a higher price for my produce”. Sultan’s greenhouse is placed on 0,01 ha of land, and he has harvested about 2 t of vegetables. FSDS invested in the construction of three such greenhouses.

In 2015, the first yield of organic vegetables was more than 6 tons. Almost 10% of the harvest was distributed to vulnerable communities for free. 


Tilek Turdubekov, 53 year-old, village Tyup


Tilek, a 53 year-old farmer from Aral Organic Aymak of Tyup village, Issyk-Kul oblast in Kyrgyzstan, says “Using the crop rotation method and organic farming principles, I started planting various seedlings.

People don’t believe that now, I earn more on this small land more than I used to on several hectares before! This is all because of the comprehensive trainings conducted in the framework of project of ICCO Cooperation and FSDS”

ICCO funded Community Development Project in partnership with the “Bio-KG” Federation of Organic Development covered 10 villages with more than 1200 direct beneficiaries. 

The project, implemented by FSDS, organized a series of trainings on organic farming, set up veterinary services and delivery of veterinary surgery kits and seeds, constructed greenhouses, installed drip irrigation systems, and conducted capacity development activities with local government officials.



A Young Team of Veterinarians



My friends and I have recently graduated from a veterinary university, but were unable to find suitable employment.

Neither were we able to afford the purchase of veterinary equipment and tools, which are needed to start providing services to local farmers.

Through ICCO Cooperation and its strategic partner, FSDS, we received large surgery kits and a full set of artificial insemination, which includes almost 250 doses. Now, we are ready to start!



Omurbek Tashtanov, 46 yearl-old, village Tosor

Omurbek started his young orchard on more than 2 ha with apricot, pear, apple trees.

But he had a problem with irrigation.It is due to the shortage of water during the season. The climate is dry.

The project purchased the drip irrigation system for him, and now this happy farmer trains the farmers around to irrigation methods.  All young trees survived during 2015 without loss due to the system.

“I am sure I will have my first harvest in 2017. Thanks to FSDS, I could save all my trees. As known, our region has a problem with fire blight, and I am now cooperating with the scientists to avoid the virus”.

FSDS took this problem into consideration, and organized trainings in almost all regions in Issyk-Kul. Now farmers know how to treat their trees, because they have been trained to manage the disease.


Bakyt Jumanazarov, 44 year-old veterinarian, village Aksuu

Bakyt participated in the professional training for veterinarians conducted by scientists within the Community Development Project implemented by FSDS. The epizootic situation in the country is improving, since the Government is taking considerable measures. FSDS in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian University developed a program of a support to the activities related to livestock and veterinary. All 6 organic aymaks were supplied with artificial insemination and surgery tools, seeds and nitrogen. Trainers from the University conducted a 3-day practical training. 

Bakyt was supplied with artificial insemination equipment and seeds, surgery kit and nitrogen. Now he is equipped with all necessary tools and ready to serve all farmers around.

He says: “I could not imagine I would gain all this on one day. From now on more than 1,000 farmers around will be provided with on-time professional services. I am selling the seeds at 750 som/seed, so I will have no problem next year. People will have very good breeds of cattle”.


Mubaraksho Islamov, 30 year-old, village Jany-Jer

Young farmer, Mubaraksho Islamov lives and deals with organic farming in the village ''Jany-Jer'' (means New Land in English), located in 40 km from the capital city Bishkek.

This village is the place, where people started inhabiting several years ago. This is due to the high migration problem. The people inhabiting the village are internal migrants who have moved here from the Southern regions of the country.

People inhabiting this land are very good farmers. They love the land. Mubaraksho gained his skills from his parents. He participated in all FSDS trainings on organic, and learned a lot about organic technologies.

“I am using bio humus and compost which I prepare myself from internal resources, for free.  No costs at all”. He grows cabbage on more than 1 ha (yield in 2015: more than 100 t), and vegetables on 1 ha. “I have signed contracts with several traders in the capital city to deliver organic products. So, they sell my products in the city markets. I am proud that I am supplying our consumers with ecologically pure products”.

His farming and marketing activities made some other young farmers follow him and go back to agriculture. 



Success stories on project ''Parents-leaders in building an inclusive society'' 
"'From despair to Hope''

My name is Mayram Otorbaeva, I am the mother of two kids with an autism, Ayim and Erden, children with severe autism and mental retardation. Since schools and kindergartens refused receiving children like them, it was becoming difficult for me to look after them. Not only me but also my husband had to leave his job on specialty, although we both have a higher education.

We had to work by turns. When kids became calm for a short period at nights, I had to bake pastries which my husband used to sell in the mornings in local bazar.

Our parents died long time ago, so there was nobody we could count on and call for help. We were afraid to think about the future, wherever we went for getting psychological, medical and educational consultations my children were recognized unteachable and hopeless. Until I heard by miracle about Public Foundation (PF) ‘’Hand in hand’’ where I had a chance to turn to wonderful specialists who told me for the first time in my life that there is no unteachable kid in the world and that any child can be taught.

Since that time I participated in many seminars, in particular was involved in the ones in which foreign experts such as B. Edwards, R. Bakendorf, E. Osin took active part. I got acquainted with other parents and saw a progress of their children which was inspiring for me. Thanks to Resource Center “Hand in hand’’ that I could get documents issued for my children as disabled.

Then we were lucky that my children were accepted to the project entitled ‘’Global fund for Children’’ implemented by PF "Hand in hand". This project enabled us to receive scholarships for two children the whole year which gave us a small break.

Together with my husband we started reading more of useful information and tried to work with children any time when we were free, applying the technics received in trainings. Although small but the progress was evident. First Ayim, then Erden were accepted to the project ‘’Open world’’, where they are enrolled nowadays on group basis.

Specialists of the Resource Center are drafting different projects permanently, looking for funds to help children in their development and education. I am glad that my children have now favorite classes and friends at school, like every healthy child. Ayim wants to go to the school even on Sundays and I have to hide her holiday dress to prevent this.

The classes are conducted by mothers-trainers who visited Resource Center from the beginning of creation of PF “Hand in hand’’. This year I was also offered a job in the project. This will help me to be with and train my children, and help new parents and children and besides the new job will improve our material situation. Perhaps, my husband will return to his previous job. 

With all our achievements we owe to PF “Hand in hand’’ which helps and supports young families with children with disabilities like us, to struggle despair every day and hope for better tomorrow..

Mayram Otorbaeva


“Life becomes easier”

I am the mother of the special child. His name is Akhmat. Up to six years, doctors made a diagnosis of mental retardation and speech delay for my child. Despite the fact that we have visited quite a lot of psychologists, speech therapists, neurologists, psychiatrists, the behavior of my son was getting worse and worse. He would scream and cry continuously for 8-10 hours a day, which was exhausting for everybody.

The atmosphere in the family was getting tense. They began telling me that since I myself, as a mother, can not cope with the child, probably should I give him to special school where there are trained specialists. I fell in despair and we were on the verge of divorce when I saw on TV the program, telling about the activity of the Center and showing the children enrolled there, whose behavior was similar to my son’s.

The day when we first arrived with my husband in the Resource Center, I will remember forever. This day is the starting point of our new life. In the Resource Center we were asked to fill out a questionnaire, to talk in detail about the behavior of our son. According to all indicators, he belongs to a group of children with the risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

We were told about autism, they gave us books to read, showed internet sites, with the help of which one can expand his/her knowledge in this area. And the most important, we have been signed up for parent training. With every session of training I was learning more and more about my child. I began to understand why he has such a behavior. Hysterias were the only way of his contact with the outside world.

Akhmat has been tested, they wrote an individual program for him and with the help of Center psychologist I started practicing this program with my child, taking into account the peculiarities of his development. The first achievements were arriving gradually.

He began pronouncing sounds, he could make a pointing gesture, also began to understand the instructions, well simulates, learned to wait (before it seemed impossible due to his hyperactivity), began to distinguish shapes and pictures, but the most important achievement for us - is the use of PECS (system of communication with the help of cards).

In addition, I had the opportunity to talk with other parents, who having seen the behavior of my son, advised me a gluten-free diet. Life becomes easier. A year ago, we received a call from the Resource Centre, they told us that we have been included into the project, where Akhmat along with other 6 children with the same difficult diagnosis (mental retardation, speech delay) will have classes 3 times a week in a group format on the basis of the special school №34.

 I could not believe my luck. Immediately I was trained by the program tutors to properly accompany my child during the classes.

Previously, we could only dream that my son’s hysterias would stop. Now he understands about 30 instructions, he gained initial writing skills, can speak 10 sounds in 15 seconds, became assiduous, his visual perception improved. All this we have achieved with the help and support of Public Foundation "Hand in hand" and donors.. 

Nazgul Sultanalieva



Struggle for a bright future

Mirgul has grown to the level of a specialist. She now conducts a program on teaching academic knowledge in the Resource Center for children with autism.


“We came to the resource center "Hand in hand" when my son was three years old. I first learned about autism at the same time. There I met other mothers with the same problem - they instilled confidence and calmness in me. My son was very different from his peers: he did not ride a car and a bicycle, he did not understand the speech and, most importantly, he did not speak. There were problems with sleep, problems with behavior; it seemed to me that he is not teachable at all.

We were denied from 7 kindergartens. I could not teach him even to collect his toys. I did not understand how I could help him and was already getting used to the idea that he would remain like this forever. Once, a combine passed by us, and my son did not even look in his direction. He seemed a deaf alien who could not understand anything. There were days when I begged him to speak with tears in my eyes. We did not dream, that we would hear his voice, we only dreamed that our son would respond to his name.


With the first lessons I began to understand that I was mistaken, saw that my son liked classes, I heard his first word. While attending classes, I learned that my son likes to collect puzzles. With confidence I can say that my son will be able to work as a merchandiser, and possibly a designer.

He went to classes with joy and did not want to go home. I began to understand my child; I applied everything that our foreign experts advised us. Each advise was effective. Valuable advice was given by mothers who came with us. Each seminar held at the Resource Center was useful.

Now my son is four years old. He communicates more with us. He no longer loves loneliness as he loved before. Although we are still at the stage of formation of his speech, this does not prevent us from understanding each other. He knows about 10 words (that is, he often uses them), he understands a lot from what we say - this is a huge achievement. He looks for ways to express his thoughts and often surprises us - he uses cards, phone, tablet, candy wrappers, and lids from the box with cookies.


He asks us not only for food, he asks us to play with him. He can independently go to the toilet, can eat independently, he can be with the usual children in the kindergarten. And although we are far away from ordinary children of his age, I have no doubt that everything will be good. This is the merit of the center where I learned to understand my child, I learned to communicate with him and learned to be calm. The center gave me moral support, and now I'm no longer embarrassed of my son when he "behaves strangely" in public. I do not worry about what people will say, I experienced it. I do not know what to do if we do not have our Resource Center!”


                                                                                                Mirgul, mother of Umar


Autism is not a curse

Cholponai brings up two boys all by herself. The eldest son is 10 years older than Arstan, the hero of our story. Arstan's mother thought that the child does not develop, because she does not talk, and did not suspect that her child has problems that lead to a delay in development. According to Cholponai, medical treatment did not bring any results. Since Cholponai is the only parent, she cannot stay at home with a child and she needs to earn money for the whole family. She needed to arrange a child in the kindergarten, and for this they needed to pass a commission to enter. In autumn 2011, the commission decided that the child should be sent to a special kindergarten for children with problems in development. Since we do not have enough places in children's institutions in the city and it is a big problem to arrange a child in the kindergarten, Cholponai hardly managed to arrange a child in a speech therapy kindergarten. But the child did not communicate with anyone (even tactilely), did not talk and did not eat in the kindergarten, besides, he could not be left unattended - he could leave the gate. Classes did not give anything, there were no change.


Finally, Cholponai and his son Arstan on the advice of their child psychiatrist came to the Chief Children's Psychiatrist, Saera Mahmudovna, to the Republican Center for Mental Health (April 2012). At that time Arstan did not talk, he was always on his own; there were other "strangeness" in his behavior. After examining the child, the doctor told her that her child had autism. At that time, Cholponai had no idea what autism was, and the doctor told her about the disease: that autism cannot becured, that it is for life and what awaits them in the future. Mom was so upset that in the car, where her eldest son was waiting, she burst into tears and bitterly and desperately said to him: "I wanted to give birth to brother for you, that will be your support, but I gave birth to a burden!", to which her son replied: " do not cry, mom, I will grow up and cure him!"

Cholponai said that she cried for two days. But you could not just sit you have to do something. Cholponai hired t baby sitter for half a day so that she could work. The child did not eat himself, he walked around the house naked (without pants); fortunately he went to the toilet himself. Mom says that Arstan used to eat better, his menu was more varied, but at some point he refused many dishes and his diet significantly narrowed. In general, the child's nutrition is very problematic even now. Baby sitter thought him to wear panties at home; he became more diligent, stringed small items on a rope, listened when the nurse read books to him, and made some sounds.

In April 2012, Cholponai saw a broadcast about the Resource Center "Hand in Hand" on the national television channel, in which mother-teacher Anara Asanalieva talked about autism, about the Center, about the treatment / training of autistic children. She immediately began to search the Internet for contact details of the Center and, having found them, contacted Zhyldyz Sadykova. She was invited to come to the Center, where Joan Mayer and Anara interviewed Mom and the child and determined his skills at that time. Cholponai asked only one question: "Will he talk?", To which they replied: "He will start to speak in less then 6 month." Indeed, after classes on the ABA method from June to December and with the help of other proven methods, Arstan began to pronounce his first words. Although those were  not "mom" and other words, which a normal child usually starts to say, Cholponai was very happy. Now he has a very large vocabulary. He plays with neighbor's children to whom she explained that Arstan is not an ordinary child. They reacted with understanding to this, and if adjusted to Arstan. They are very friendly with him and get on well. On the playground, of course, there are children who shun him, fence themselves off from him, although Arstan never shows aggression, but the contrary, he helps them to dress, to wear shoes. At school he sits on the desks and imitates the actions of the teacher. Sits in front of another child and says: "Now we will do  ..., show me that ..., show me this ...".

In the autumn of 2016, Arstan went to the first class of the private school "Talent" with ordinary children, with the general education program. Now Arstan is 8 years old. He goes to school without a tutor. 



Adinakhan was born in 2000 with Down syndrome and a delay in psycho-speech development. She could only stay in her room, could not speak, had histeria and was frightened at the sight of strangers, avoided meetings, and shut herself up in her room. After family received the cow and calf, Adinakhan changed a lot - at subsequent meetings she became friendly, shows the calf and the cow to people. The state and well-being of Adinakhan also improved, she tries to feed and water the cattle. The quality of nutrition was enriched with natural dairy products. With better financial situation in the family her parents ordered orthopedic shoes for Adinakhan. Like other children, Adinakhan was pleased to participate in the performances and events, playing with other children. 


Success stories on project ''Inclusive communit for all'' 


In the framework project informative and legal consultations and trainings have been carried out for parents to address disabilities and family issues. Trainings and consultations have led to increase of legal literacy of parents of children with disabilities. Awareness about the education of children with special needs, rehabilitation, formalization of legal documents on disability treatment to local schools and kindergartens raised.

The story of Mavlyuda Ahmadjonova is one that does not leave indifferent. In 2014 she officially divorced with husband and takes care of her disabled child all by herself. Her daughter, Marhabo Rahmatova, was born in 2007 diagnosed with Little's syndrome. Because father of Marhabo officially does not work, and a court decision Mavlyuda received the minimum amount of child support - 136 somoni (17 USD). This was not enough to maintain the child’s healthcare and rehabilitation. Child’s health status is rather heavy, thus she needs constant special care and attention. Mavlyuda cannot work as she needs to be with her daughter at all times, this is why she and her daughter have to leave on social benefits and child support. 

Individual legal consultations have helped Mavlyuda to write a statement to the court, with clear objective to increase amount of child support. The application was filed at the beginning of October 2016 in Khujand city court. After her application the court in December 2016 increased the amount of child support to 300 somoni (38 USD). 


"Mom has goal now"

Family of Ehsonchonov Abdurahmon first appealed to the Early Intervention Center “Boychechak” in 2016, when the child was 3 years old. The child was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and it was difficult to come into contact, was making strange noises all the time, did not understand commands and was hyperactive. The parents were at a loss. Especially mother her mental condition was severe. She did not work as she had only high school education. All day long she was near the child and did not know what to do with it. She could not accept the fact that her child is not like everyone else.

After the first evaluation by experts of  "Boychechak" Center it was decided to conduct the services of home visits by providers. During 9 months this family was under the supervision of the center. Service Center and experts directed and taught Abdurahmon’s mother in the development of self-help skills, social adjustment, development of cognitive abilities and the child's speech. Moreover, Abdurahmon’s mother was involved in the Association of parents of disabled children. Talking to other parents and seeing the success of their children, Abdurahmon’s mother took her child as he is. During this period, due diligence mother and center professionals Abdurahmon learnt tomake eye contact with people, to use words 10-15 in a speech. As his behavior improved, he could perform easy requests, respond to his name, his cognitive abilities have improved, he began to actively learn the environment. Parent, inspired with the success in the development of the boy started to practice well and responsibly with him. Other family members were involved in this process as well. Mom realized that if you do not grieve but do the maximum that in her power for her child then of course there will be results. Abdurahmon’si family no longer hid their child. On the advice and direction of experts child was sent to the normal kindergarten.

In September 2016 Abdurrahmon’s mother was admitted to the Khujand State University, Faculty of Pedagogy. The success of her child and the experience gained in working with him inspired her to help other children with disabilities.



 Success stories on project ''Central Asia on the Move''


Salyjan Umarov, civil servant of Djalal-Abad City Hall, was elected co-chair of Minor Community Board. Mr. Umarov informed they have achieved certain results in sphere of realization of initiatives and improving of cooperation between local authority and civil-society organizations. 

In January 2015 Djalal-Abad City Hall and public fund "ISEDA'', which is implementing the project entitled "Enhancing the role of the public councils in solving the problems of migrants and their families", financed by the international organization ''ICCO Cooperation'', signed a memorandum of cooperation.

Minor Community Board (MCB) composed of 25 persons was arranged, which has as a mission an assisting the families of migrants. It includes representatives of the Department of Education at the provincial and regional levels, of public fund ''ISEDA'' and City Hall employees.

At the initial stage of its work, MCB has identified the total number of migrant workers, the number of their children remaining at home and the general number of people in need of assistance in Djalal-Abad oblast. City migration department assisted MCB in making this analysis.

In Jalal-Abad they are a lot of migrants who leave their children under the care of grandparents. First that MCB decided to resolve is assisting in arranging these children to kindergartens.

A special Committee thoroughly examined the conditions of life of the children. Those children, whose conditions were severe, were provided a financial support.

In addition, MCB contributed to withdrawal of certain citizens of Kyrgyzstan from the "black list" of Russian Federation. Before it was City migration department that used to carry out this task alone. Nowadays MCB has joined City migration department in this activity.

As a result of support of Djalal-Abad City Hall about 100 people were derived from the "black list" nowadays.

According to statistics today about 16 thousand persons are employed officially abroad.

For the sake of assisting low-income families their working-age members were provided with jobs. As for the rest of the families, based on a thorough examination of their living conditions, material assistance in the amount of 1.000 up to 3.000 KGS was granted by charity centers. Charity centers have been created in local self-governments and aim to provide material assistance to migrant families by means of money and products such as coal, sugar and flour.

In general, more than half a million KGS were allocated for improving living conditions of people in need in 2015 by Djalal-Abad City Hall.


Our mission is to give every child a happy childhood!

Since the creation of Minor Community Board Bagysh self-government of Suzak district of Jalal-Abad region began to work more closely with the local community. One of the results of the cooperation is an allocation of money from the local budget for construction of kindergarten "Ai-Nuru" in the village.


The management of kindergarten sets the follwoing goals when fullfiling their activity:


  • Ensure that all pupils, especially migrant children, have access to modern and safe conditions for their all-round development;
  • Provide the initial level of education according to the curriculum;
  • To assist migrant families in questions regarding education and training of the child;
  • To develop individual abilities of the child.


In the kindergarten "Ai-Nuru" more than 50% of the students are children of migrant workers who are left with grandparents or with other relatives. The kindergarten provides a 50% discount as for the tuition fees to vulnerable migrant families.


“Our mission is to give every child a happy childhood!” says senior specialist on social questions of Bagysh self-government, Adina Kojonova. 



“Joogazyn” kindergarten

Within the framework of the project "Strengthening of economic development and opportunities for migrants and their families through a comprehensive approach to improve the quality of services and support business initiatives in the conditions of modern integration EEU", which is implemented by the Public Fund «ISEDA», in the village Rassvet kindergarten was opened. This kindergarten brought more than 60 children together, of which 70% are children of migrant workers and come from vulnerable families. Provision of primary education in accordance with the curriculum and assistance to the families of migrants in matters of upbringing and education of children are the main objectives of opening a kindergarten.


To open a kindergarten Small Public Council members have made allocation of funds in the amount of 1 million soms from the local budget, as well as community contributions made in the form of bedding and remittances amounting to over 100 000 soms. All allocated funds were spent on the reconstruction of the old building, building of a separate boiler system and overhaul of the building inside. This idea was supported by the deputy of the Jogorku Kenesh (the deputy's name was not disclosed) and financed the purchase of beds for children in an amount of 80 units. From the side of the public fund«ISEDA» were purchased children's toys and indoor plants, and from the partner organization "Smail KG" children were provided with toys. All food costs and monthly payment of kindergarten employees are included in the local and state budgets. In the near future we plan to open the preparatory group for children 5-6 years.


The project "Strengthening of economic development and opportunities for migrants and their families through a comprehensive approach to improve the quality of services and support for the integration of modern conditions of business initiatives EEU" is implemented with the financial support of the FSDS.


Women - Leaders!

ASDP “Nau”  is implementing the project "Creating favorable conditions for the development of income-generating activities for families, in communities prone to migration in Zarzamin B. Gafurov district and Hamraboev Kanibdam district of Sughd region". The project is supported by FSDS.

Mavlyuda Juraeva is 43 years old, has 4 children and lives in the village Zarzamin of B. Gafurov district. Mavlyuda has over 10 years of experience in vegetable growing. Her husband was deported from Russia in 2015. The family was having difficulties with finances because before Mavlyuda’s husband used to send her the money for the purchase of fuel, fertilizer, etc. Iand she was planning to build in their own household helio greenhouse. The project  "Creating favorable conditions for the development of income-generating activities for families, in communities prone to migration in Zarzamin B. Gafurov district and Hamraboev Kanibdam district of Sughd region" was launched in June 2016. Farmers' groups were formed through information meetings, working meetings and trainings were carried out, target beneficiaries for the construction helio greenhouse were selected. Juraev Mavlyuda is one of the most active women who are actively involved in all project activities. Mavlyuda Juraeva is one of the most active women who participate in the projects, she is a member and leader of the group "Dusti". At the moment, she planted seedlings of tomato and cucumber in a greenhouse, and caring for them. As she says, buyers needs of seedlings in early spring is very high. Mediators come and buy the seedlings directly from households of farmers.

Mavlyuda considered her income and expenses and come to the conclusion that farming all year round gives her the opportunity to earn a good income, even more than her husband's labor migration in Russia. Mavlyuda says: "In our time, migrant workers are experiencing a lot of difficulties due to the new law and by the economic downturn in Russia. is becoming increasingly difficult to earn a living for migrants in Russia, after the introduction of a new patent system and the tightening of immigration legislation". 



My dream came true! I will realize realize my business idea of growing lemons in greenhouses.

Saipov Abdurazak lives in the Toguz-Bulak village of  Batken oblast. He is 56 years old. Because the village is one of the most remote ones, there is no work; his two sons are in labor migration in Russia.



In 2016, the younger son, who was on earnings in the outskirts of the city of Moscow, fell into the "black list" for violating migration legislation, was deported from Russia and returned to the village of Ming-Zhygach. Like all labor migrants, he returned home with some money and did not know where to invest it. At home, he faced unemployment. 



Since 2015, Saipov Abdurazak has actively participated in projects of PF "Insan-Leilek" that support labor migrants. He participated in all events: seminars, master classes, practical consultations, legal assistance and exchange visits.

In November 2016, he took part in the seminar: "New technologies in agriculture", where training was conducted on greenhouse business.

At that time Abdurazak became interested in greenhouse business. In February 2017, PF "Insan-Leilek" organized an exchange visit to the village of Ak-Turpak, Kadamzhai district, where tomatoes, cucumbers and lemons are grown in a greenhouse.

Abdurazak became passionate about the business idea - to grow lemons in a greenhouse for two reasons:

  • His son returned from Russia with a sufficient amount of money that can be invested in business.
  • Lemon business brings great profits at the lowest cost. And in the Leilek region, to date, he has no competitors.


Upon arrival from the exchange visit, he began to actively prepare a business plan for growing lemons in greenhouses. After consulting with the expert, he began to implement his business plan in practice. Firstly, he prepared a plot in the house for the greenhouse, bought the necessary fittings for building a tunnel greenhouse.


His idea was warmly supported by his wife, who also knows that the son's money needs to be used effectively and this is a good opportunity to start a small family business.

Abdurazak, his wife and son started realizing their business plan. They have already ordered 200 seedlings of dwarf lemons and are preparing soil for planting.


Excerpts from Saipov Abdurazak's business plan:

Application form:

The objectives of the investment project: Growing a lemon in a greenhouse with an area of 4 hectare in his home garden.

Productivity: Harvest from 600 kg (in 2 years) to 5 000 kg (in 5 years).

Products: fresh lemon.

The project cost is 250 000 KGS.

Payback period: 5,5 years.

Market analysis and marketing strategy

Analysis of market opportunities:

- in the last 3 years, lemon increased in prices for 50-60%;

- import substitution in the domestic market (domestic production deficit is 4 thousand tons);

Traditional channels of commodity circulation:

- Part of the realization of the goods will be done through direct channels of commodity circulation according to the “producer-final buyer” scheme;

- Indirect sales channels according to the “manufacturer - wholesale buyers” scheme;

Employees of the Insan-Leilek Foundation will provide mentoring and consulting support to the Saipov family.


We are confident in future of our children!

Alym Orozbekov is living in Aral village of Nooken district, Djalal Abad oblast. In the past both he and his wife were migrants  working in Russia.

“After coming back to Kyrgyzstan I and my wife started our family business. The idea of opening bakery came from our experience gained in Russia. But over time we were not able to develop and expand business. Profits were low and we did not have knowledge how to change situation. In 2016 PF ISEDA invited us to participate in the project. Within the project we received trainings and consultations on business planning, business development and optimization of family budget. An exchange experience visit was organized for us to the bakery in Osh city. During the visit we learned about variety of products produced at the bakery, innovations for the further business development, equipment needed for improve our products. We discussed the problems and threats of business and the ways to solve them. In the framework of project we were also able to purchase new oven. After making changes variety of products and the number of orders increased. In near future we plan to create job places for wives of migrants in the area. We are confident that our bakery will be a good capital for our children in the future".


The active position of citizens leads to changes


In September 2017 in the new built district "Muras - Ordo" a capsule in the foundation of a new school was laid. With the support of FSDS, The Children's Protection Center has been working with residents of this new building since 2016. Among the active residents of the residential complex "Muras - Ordo", an initiative group was created, whose potential was strengthened by advocacy technologies, lobbying and building partnerships with authorities.


The initiative group has developed an action plan and now independently raises the problems of new built district on behalf of all residents and is engaged in the search for solutions. One of the successes of the initiative group is the decision of the local authorities in Bishkek to build a school in a new building and allocate 12 million 285 thousand KGS for the construction of the republican budget. This decision was made as a result of the establishment of an initiative group of cooperation with the deputies of the Bishkek City Kenesh. The issues on asphalting of the central street and alignment of 4 streets and ensuring the regularity of public transport in the newly constructed “Muras - Ordo” were also resolved."




Success stories from Empowerment and Parents Leadership towards inclusive society for children with disabilities


Mavluda Tolibova  is one of the active members of Information Resource group as well as the provider in jamoat of Yova out from the active parents  who  provide social and psychological support, rehabilitation service and peer-support for other parents of children with disability. The Resource group that provides community based rehabilitation and a consultation for direct project beneficiaries is formed by financial support of European Union in the frames of the project Empowerment and Parents Leadership towards inclusive society for children with disabilities”.


Mavluda - the mother of child with multiple disabilities, from the first days of his birth was in search of various methods of rehabilitation for her son. Having passed through Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) trainings in the frames of the project she learned not only the methods of rehabilitation but as well as the basics of abilitation and integration of children with disability. If before she had knowledge on improving the mobility and movement of her child, so that now she acquires knowledge, experience of work and rehabilitation of his visual impairment that provides more opportunity for his being integrated into society.


Recently Mavluda together with other parents of children with disability has managed to organize the New Year party with interesting, eventful and educational program where they could reveal and show the abilities of children with different types of disability. The children were sо happy and delighted from opportunity of equal participation together with other invited children from kindergarten and thus feeling the magic of New Year celebration.