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USAID Hosts Workshop for Women Entrepreneurs in the Textile Industry in Khudjand, Tajikistan


A group of women artisans working in the textile industry participated in a two-day workshop in Khudjand, Tajikistan February 4-5 to learn about dynamics and trends within the European apparel market and how to improve and adapt their skills to that market.  Though there are highly qualified women working in the textile and apparel industry in Central Asia, most lack knowledge on how to design and develop products that are market driven and meet buyers' expectations in terms of quality, price, and aesthetic.  Organized through the USAID Regional Economic Cooperation Project (REC) and implemented by the London-based SPINNA Circle Ltd., REC’s grantee, in collaboration with the Tajik NGO Women's Development Agency, former REC’s grantee,  the workshop covered business fundamentals, professional product development, and market access as well as hands-on practice.  Under the tutelage of two fashion experts from Middlesex University (UK), participants designed and created modern apparel that incorporates traditional Tajik fabric and embroidery.  The USAID REC project's core objective is to facilitate trade among Central Asian countries, Afghanistan, and other large trading partners.