In Uzbekistan, people unable to get loans are finding help at neighborhood credit unions, which are boosting home-based businesses, self-employment, and incomes.
Tashkent, Uzbekistan - Rano Khalilova was only 18 when her parents died, so she well knows the importance of being self-sufficient. She saw the opportunity to buy a grocery store and fulfill a dream of owning a business.
An ADB textbook project is at the heart of education reform in Uzbekistan.
Walking through the school museum at Samarkand City School Number 21, Director Sayora Melikova points out bags, pens, inkwells, and old textbooks, all in use when she began teaching here 33 years ago. "Uzbekistan's education system is going through the biggest changes I have ever seen," she says.