ASIA/KAZAKHSTAN - A microcredit project to help unemployed women

Friday, 21 February 2020 caritas   development   formation   microcredit  

Almaty (Agenzia Fides) - "In villages, even a few kilometers from big cities, situations where there are no jobs are widespread, particularly affecting women. While men usually manage to collect money to buy a car and come to the city to be taxi drivers or to invent other small precarious jobs, women remain stuck in small towns, with no possibility of being able to get out and create a future.
Thinking about similar situations, Caritas in Kazakhstan has developed a microcredit project: we have purchased sewing machines that women need, to produce eco-bags that we are already selling and distributing. With the help of partners or sponsors, we want to buy more and expand it to other women. Once the participants have returned the credit, they will decide whether to continue working with us or to start their own business". This is what Fr. Guido Trezzani, national director of Caritas Kazakhstan, told Agenzia Fides.
The reality of Caritas in the country is very committed to human development and to all-round social, economic and cultural promotion. The Director tells Fides that, in recent weeks, another project dedicated to professional training for adults and for children with disabilities has also started: "Some time ago we started working on the creation of two greenhouses, one in Talgar and the other in Almaty. In one of the two we have officially started the work and we are already looking to tomorrow: we have discovered that in other regions there are spaces that could be used for the creation of other greenhouses and plantations. All this work gives us the opportunity to grow agricultural products, giving jobs to the children involved".
The training and development of professional skills are a priority for Caritas in Kazakhstan which, in recent years, has activated, among other projects, an initiative aimed at introducing people with Down syndrome to the world of work and a series of online English language courses. (LF) (Agenzia Fides, 21/2/2020)