The grant development objective is to improve the livelihoods of rural women in the Kyrgyz Republic by developing the handicraft industry. The specific objective is to increase income and job opportunities for poor women in selected rural areas by improving productivity, diversification, and products quality while establishing efficient marketing services and facilities.
The Project will help organize the existing, mostly informal, handicraft centers in rural areas, improve quality and diversify the product, increase productivity and efficiency, and extend the centers' memberships to include more poor families. The Project will renovate and equip these centers; help establish a coordination and marketing center in Bishkek as well as a satellite center in the South; and build the centers' technical, management, and marketing capacities. More than 19,000 craft producers and their families will benefit from these interventions.
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