The agricultural sector is one of the main sources of income and the existence of the population in the south of Tajikistan. In this direction women work on a par with men. Umeda Abdulloeva, despite being a family nurse in the Jayhun district, has been engaged in the production and sale of vegetable seedlings for more than twenty years. She is on the plot of land, which consists of 10 hundredths of a square since her marriage, engaged in sowing various kinds of crops, and subsequently produced seedlings from them. Umeda, turned this business into her favorite business, and considered this work the main source of her income.
Until Umeda Abdulloeva started cooperating with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) project, she used the traditional way of producing seedlings that did not give the desired result. A large number of seedlings were infected from the ground, and exposed to insects, and as a result died. Thus, not having strengthened, were sold on the market at a low price. This factor caused a poor harvest.
- But fortunately, in September 2015, the USAID "Women's Entrepreneurship for Empowerment" Project started by the National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan, and Umeda became one of the first women to use this program.
Within the framework of this project, Umeda Abdulloeva, together with other women, participated in agrarian, economic training, as well as in open fields, she has learned how to care for seedlings using the modern method, and also learned how to calculate the incomes and expenses of entrepreneurial activity. After this, in the framework of this program of USAID the “Feed the Future”, Umeda was first provided with a small greenhouse and then a large greenhouse (120 m2) with the support of the National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan. Umeda, realizing these concerns, decided to systematically and constantly engage in the production and cultivation of the planting of vegetables throughout the year. And this continued from her side. Having adjusted the cultivation and production of high-quality and modern seeds, the planting of tomato and cucumber, bell pepper, eggplant, cauliflower and basil, she has received a good profit. Umeda Abdulloeva notes that growing the plant according to the modern method will require less labor, and it gives a big income. If she previously sold 20 seedlings per one (1) somoni, today 2 pieces of seedlings, which are grown by modern methods on plastic boxes, are sold at that price.
According to Umeda, the implementation of these measures has had an impact on improving the income of women and raising their level of life. Therefore, Mrs. Umeda Abdulloeva expresses her gratitude to USAID and NABWT.