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A Thriving Business Creates Opportunity in Tajikistan

by Christin VanZant last modified Jun 01, 2017 01:47 PM
Contributors: Feed the Future
Hamrohkon Toirova’s barber shop has only been open since last fall, but she already has a regular clientele that covers her expenses and provides her family with 20 percent more income that they used to have. With her newfound economic power, she has also earned more influence in family decisions and priorities. But just a short time ago, Toirova’s life looked very different.

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Toirova lives in Qurghonteppa, the main city center in southwestern Tajikistan’s Khatlon province. In 2008, she left her banking job to care for her three younger children. She and her family were fortunate – her husband and oldest son both had jobs in Tajikistan that covered expenses, unlike many of their peers who migrate to Russia for low-paying jobs and send what money they make back to their wives and children.



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