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The Business Women Association (BWA) of Uzbekistan is one of the first Non-Governmental Organizations in Uzbekistan which was founded in 1991 by 12 women entrepreneurs that had their own business activity.

During the first years of its activity, BWA faced a lot of problems, such as the lack of understanding of what a non-governmental organization is and the negative attitude towards entrepreneurship. In 1991-1992 there were absolutely no woman organizations where women could address their problems and ideas. That was a very complicated instable time (transition period, USSR collapse, all economic links broke-up, industry development problems, etc.). All those problems had an impact mostly on women. They were fired in case of staff reduction. BWA felt that women needed assistance and it had to undertake some measures.

Thus, BWA started providing vocational education towards women entrepreneurs, with its own resources. Women were taught the basics of market economy, marketing, accounting and taxation. There was no other place, where women could learn about these topics, since in the former USSR there was no knowledge about private entrepreneurship. For three years BWA used only its own resources to train women on entrepreneurship. BWA's Chairperson published her first book "Learning to pay taxes".

Since then BWA has increased its field of intervention. It is now implementing various projects and programs dealing with:

-   "Business-Incubator": creation of advantageous conditions for setting up a new business, use of new technologies, opening of a training center,
-   "Market Skills Development Centre": SMEs and micro-SMEs staff training and including capacity building for high-level officials,
-   UN projects: "Microcredits program": Microcredit distribution in rural areas of Kashkadarya and Karakalpakstan Republic,
-   International Labor Organization project: training and seminars for employers Management and development,
-   OSCE projects: civil and legal education for women: human rights training of trainers and seminars conduction (more than 2000 women participated),
-   Counterpart Consortium (USAID): project on advocacy campaigns on entrepreneurship,
-   World Bank Institute: "Community empowerment network".
-   Mainz Handicraft Chamber, Germany, project on professional training and capacity building of women in Tashkent city and regions in the field of needle work, fancywork, cookery, baskets making, carpet weaving, hairdressing art, design. More than 9000 women all over the republic were trained.

The main fields of activity of BWA are:

-   Business education,
-   Lobbing and Advocacy,
-   Business contacts and links establishment.

The services of Business Women Association for its members:

-   Business plan designing,
-   Business consulting,
-   Assistance in getting a bank credit,
-   Trainings and workshops.

The project
A European funded project
Main activities
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Eric Matalon and Ariane Matalon

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