“I was making organic honey for my family."
"I had a hobby of sewing dresses with national motives embroidery."
“I enjoyed growing vegetables in a small greenhouse in my garden.”
"I heard of a program offering business skills training and a possibility to win a grant to start my own business.”
This is how stories of all winners of the
Coca-Cola Stepping Stone, or
COCA-COLA BELESTERI IN FIGURES: - 5 years - 9,040 women received business skills training - Over 600 applications for grants to start own business were submitted - 41 grants awarded during 2013-17
COCA-COLA BELESTERI IN FIGURES:
- 5 years
- 9,040 women received business skills training
- Over 600 applications for grants to start own business were submitted
- 41 grants awarded during 2013-17
Coca-Cola Belesteri is implemented in partnership with the National Commission for Women’s Affairs in Kazakhstan, Coalition for Green Economy and Development G-Global, and Social Dynamics Public Fund. During the five years of the program’s existence, more than 9,000 women have been trained, and 41 business ideas have won grants, including 10 awarded on Aug. 2,
The ceremony was held at the International Women’s Forum, which was part of the ongoing World EXPO exhibition in the capital city of Astana. Organized by the Coalition for Green Economy and Development “G-Global”, EXPOWomen Forum convened about 250 participants from more than 10 countries, including Kazakhstan, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, Russia, Turkey, UAE and the United States.
The theme of EXPO Astana is “Future Energy”, with conversations focused on “green” energy and technologies. More than half of the businesses established by
“I am very pleased with the growing quantity and, most importantly, quality of the applications for the competition every year. This year, we have received 150 applications and short-listed 40. It was really difficult to choose 10 winners out of them, whereas during the first couple of years we had to work hard to 'grow' three to five winners. Our women have developed immense self-confidence through mentoring and supporting each other,” says Elena Ozhgo, director of the Social Dynamics Public Fund running the project.
Sholpanay Turdysheva (left), a mother of six from Karaganda region, is one of them. She used a grant from
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