From 3rd to 8th June 2013 the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz is visiting Kirgizstan and Tajikistan to provide political consultation and an overview of Polish Aid projects implemented in the area.
In the Republic of Tajikistan Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamrohon Zarifi and the State Secretary of Economic Development and Trade Sharif Rahimzoda. A wide range of topics was discussed concerning the international situation with a particular focus on economic as well as cultural, scientific and educational cooperation between the two countries. The issue of regional safety, relations with EU and NATO have also stimulated the debate. The visit involved meetings with non-government organizations and various experts.
On 4th June 2013 Minister Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz met with beneficiaries of a project called „Support of existing and creation of new female cooperatives in the Shahrutz region in the southern Tajikistan”. The project received a grant of 200 000 PLN from Polish Aid and is being implemented by the Polish Centre for International Aid (PCPM).
Shahrutz region in the Khatlon province (Shahrutz city is the capital) is the poorest region in the entire Tajikistan - mainly as a result of male labour migration to Russia. Women becoming sole breadwinners on the spot face a difficult situation to support their families.
The project is aimed at increasing incomes yielded and improving living conditions of 155 women and their families through the support of existing and creation of new female cooperatives. The support will be given through allocation of micro-credits to 7 existing and 5 new cooperatives as well as carrying out workshops concerning creation and management of business activity, taxes and standards of tax controls.
These activities are a continuation of the 2012 project carried out with the assistance of the Chashma organization, which succeeded at introducing of 105 women from the Shahrutz region to the labour market (51 participants successfully breed and sell goats and sheep, 25 women do tailoring, 16 women cultivate and sell vegetables, 7 women decided on chicken breeding and egg sales, 4 of them having one cow each live by selling milk, 2 women bake and sell bread). In 2013 50 new beneficiaries joined the project, working in five newly initiated teams. Three groups have been created in the Shahrutz city itself and two in the Karol Marks village nearby.