Kyrgyzstan’s Sedep Apparel Factory in Tengi village of Jalal-Abad region recently expanded in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) by opening a new shop. USAID provided new sewing machines and a special steam generator iron to help Sedep double its production and reach new markets, the US embassy in Bishkek said.
USAID’s Enterprise Competitiveness Project enabled owner Pardakan Tomueva to hire more local women. Tomueva invested in construction of a new building to accommodate all the new equipment and create a safe and comfortable working environment for her staff.
Currently, Sedep is one of the biggest employers in the remote Tengi village, which is about a six hour drive from Jalal-Abad city. The company’s employees, around 30 women, produce chapans, kuraks, beldemchi and blankets with traditional Kyrgyz designs. These products are sold in Jalal-Abad, Osh, and Bishkek via Sedep’s social media pages. Sedep plans to start exporting to neighboring countries in the future, the embassy report said.
The USAID Enterprise Competitiveness Project is a $23 mn investment implemented over five years. The project works with small and medium businesses in the fields of textiles, food production, agriculture, information technology, finance and others to help them expand their production and sales in order to create more jobs in Kyrgyzstan. The program has already provided support to 70 businesses across the country.