BOOSTING ENTREPRENEURIAL POTENTIAL IN KAZAKHSTAN
Ersai, in partnership with the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA), has supported the ‘Boosting Entrepreneurship Potential in Kuryk’ programme since 2013. The project was designed to address the unemployment challenges in the Mangystau region. The first years of the project focused on developing business skills and opportunities for Kuryk inhabitants and holding craft workshops. In this first phase, among the numerous business ideas and plans, 8 business projects (i.e. a taxi service, a quail farm and a beauty salon) were implemented also thanks to the provision of small loans. The second phase of the programme started in 2017 with the aim of increasing financial literacy at the local level to help people manage their household budgets.