A tailor from Balakan shows how running your own business doesn’t have to mean ‘going it alone’

Mirvari Azizova, Balakan

“Together we helped each other get through this pandemic and together we can become the leading producers of souvenirs in the region,” she says. “You have to take all the opportunities you can and when you can’t see any available you have to make them happen for yourself and others.”

The “Support to the Development of Small Family Businesses in the Sheki-Zaqatala Economic Zone through the ABAD Regional Centre in Balakan” project is funded by the EU and co-funded and implemented by UNDP and the ABAD State Agency for Public Services and Social Innovations. The project aims to support 44 rural families to start up and expand their own local businesses, providing them with training in business development and planning, branding and design, financial accounting and legal assistance services. The project also provides beneficiaries with the equipment they need to expand.

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