This month we are looking at the ongoing work in Central Asia coming from several Tying Vines projects.
The focus in this region for sustainable, ongoing relief is coming through the strategies of Tying Vines Marketplace. Capacity Development which is training for business leaders, Business Development which is investing in businesses and Products to Market are the three parts of the Marketplace plan. The two parts that were launched in 2022 in this region include Capacity Development and Business Development.
Bill Stewart, who heads up our Marketplace initiatives, reports that “We have engaged our business training partner, the Micro Business Center Foundation (www.microbusiness.nl).” The Foundation will be putting on two trainings one for generating food business ideas and the second is for developing practical business plans. “We plan to have 25 participants for this program coming from three different cities in the region and also in the process train two local trainers to carry on the training in the future.” This will happen in June and September 2022.
An initial business development fund was also established this year, thanks to the receipt of a grant from one of our partners. Several businesses have been started with the funds. These include egg production, family greenhouses, potato farming, a language academy and honey production.
In order to manage all the initiatives a partnership was created with three local pastors. The activities are managed through this group. Bill explained that there are four objectives for every business investment:
Profit (the business must be profitable)
People (the business must have a positive social impact)
Purpose ( the business must integrate spiritual impacts)
Planet ( the business must have a positive environmental impact)
Please, if you are interested in supporting this work or getting involved in the Tying Vines Marketplace work, visit the website or call. There is a lot happening and much more to come. Thank you!