In the mountains of Tajikistan, female wilderness guides are rare, but with the support of the Pamir Eco-Cultural Tourism Association, Furough began leading tours in some of the region’s highest peaks and obtained a grant to teach other young women trekking and camping skills with her can-do mindset.
Qudratbekova Davlatnoz: Aga Khan Lycée student thanks her role models
Qudratbekova, Grade 9 student at the Aga Khan Lycée in Khorog, Tajikistan attributes her confidence and achievements – academic scholarship and several local and regional Olympiad wins – to having female role models encouraging her in both the classroom and at home.
Lindsay Mossman: How COVID-19 is putting gender equality gains at risk
As a gender equality advisor for the Aga Khan Foundation, Lindsay Mossman writes about how the effects of COVID-19 are particularly onerous on women and girls across the globe, and how everyone can play a part in ensuring a better, more equitable “new normal” in the future.
As a Director of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, Mr Sultan Ali Allana speaks about how financial investments are part of AKDN’s commitment to creating sustainable enterprises and employment, why banks are essential to development, how microfinance has evolved, and how digitalisation has helped banks reach out to those who do not have access to formal financial services.
Peter Mwangi: Empowering young entrepreneurs in Kenya
In the late 1990s, Farmer’s Choice Ltd (FCL) – a project company of Industrial Promotion Services (IPS) – began supporting the smokie business in Kenya, which in the eyes of many may not seem like a lucrative business, but has created employment for many people – especially amongst the youth. Today, FCL is working with thousands of smokie vendors countrywide, many of whom are reporting significant gains in income and better prospects.