After getting her master’s degree in finance at Kyrgyz National University, Sagynalieva Aigerim applied for jobs in her field unsuccessfully.

In February 2022, Aigerim saw an announcement on Instagram about a training to help youth find employment in financial and credit organizations. The Academy of Young Financiers training program would allow Aigerim to gain job skills and have the chance to intern and find employment with microfinance and commercial banks.

The training was organized by the Coalition of Employers and supported by Local Impact, a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Aga Khan Foundation. Established in 2020, the Coalition of Employers is a group of businesses, skills providers, and development partners committed to investing in youth skills to create new job opportunities for youth from marginalized backgrounds in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan.

Learn more about how the training supported Aigerim with job skills and an internship opportunity that opened doors to working in finance. 

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