Farhad Beig, an Afghan refugee who moved to Tajikistan with his family in 2021, initially faced challenges adapting to the new environment and people. Over time, with support, he began rebuilding his life.

At first, he found work as an air conditioner technician and started tailoring clothes at home.

Through the Youth Entrepreneurship and Employability Skills (YES) Program funded by AKF and USAID under the Local Impact project, Farhad enhanced his business planning skills and learned about the legal aspects of running a business in Tajikistan as a refugee. After completing the program, he developed a viable business idea and applied for a small grant provided by the program.

Farhad used the grant to acquire sewing machines, enabling him to expand his business. He subsequently moved to a rented space where he offers sewing services and sells fabrics. As part of his business growth strategy, Farhad aims to create employment opportunities for young tailors.

“YES sessions enabled me to unlock my potential and realize my dreams. I not only earn an income but also feel integrated into my new home through daily interactions with clients,”

—Farhad Beig

Farhad Beig is among 214 Afghan refugees in Tajikistan who participated in the YES program. In total, more than 30 Afghan refugees have received small grants to kick-start their businesses in Tajikistan through this initiative.

This article was contributed by Subhiya Mamadzamirova, Regional Communications Manager, Local Impact, Tajikistan.

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