©InfoTajikhan and Ainura are among 200 women who have taken sewing courses from the Kyrgyzstan Red Crescent, supported by the British Red Cross.
Now they are preparing for their graduation by sewing outfits for their final examinations. It costs them 300 Som (around £4) to travel from their village to the course three times a week.
That is a lot of money for the two women but they already have customers back home eagerly awaiting their graduation so they can buy new school uniforms and linens.
The course has been a life-changing experience for both women. Ainura has already completed a special order from her daughter; she sewed a dress for her school-leaving party and saved about 1,000 Soms (£14). All three of her children wear homemade clothes.
Tajikhan, a single mother, hopes to lift herself and her young daughter out of poverty with her new career. At the moment they are supported by her parents, pensioners with a small farm. There is no other work available in the village and Tajikhan looks forward to making her own living.
“I will start earning on my own. I will not be ashamed to look in my parents’ and daughter’s eyes,” she says.
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