Promoting SBAs in Rural Kazakhstan

Promoting SBAs in Rural Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Kazakhstan is a vast country in Central Asia with a population of around 15 million that is roughly half Kazakh, 30% Russian and 4% Ukrainian. Women there are taking the initiative to meet many of the social and environmental needs that the government is ignoring by creating social organizations.

About You
Organization:
Center For Safe Energy
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Section 1: About You
First Name

Enid

Last Name

Schreibman

Country
Section 2: About Your Organization
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

Organization Name

Center For Safe Energy

Organization Phone

510-843-9947

Organization Address

Enid Schreibman c/o Center for Safe Energy at Earth Island Institute- 2150 Alston Way Suit3 #4160 Berkeley, CA 94704

Organization Country

, CA

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Your idea
Country your work focuses on
Innovation
What makes your idea unique?

We have trained grant makers who are local people- people who know the area and are nearby. This allows the money to flow into smaller regions that aren’t reached by most programs.

Women in this traditionally Moslem country do not have experience in forming and running organizations. They do not know how to raise money and mobilize the other forms of support needed to be effective. Government agencies and officers often intimidate them.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact
Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

With support from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, CSE had previously conducted leadership training for these women and culled from them those who would participate in the DRL project. Over 170 women were trained in 1999-2001 in four cities of four different regions, and half of the initial participants undertook advanced training in 2002-03.

The impact is women’s empowerment- that they are able to start a business. It impacts their family because the women are the primary breadwinners, especially for single mothers.

Community Development- whatever the project is helps more than one family, so it’s village development.

One of the projects is for orphans that have no skills- it decreases crime because it’s tooling young people without families and giving them skills in order to be productive members of society. For example, we gave tools for a car repair shop and equipment for a shoe repair shop.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

Lack of employment and poverty in rural Kazakstan, and lack of women as business leaders and business owners.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

From October 2004 to October 2006, CSE conducted a two-year Kazakhstan Women's Political Participation project, called "Democracy in Action," that was sponsored by the US Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). One of the major goals of the project was to persuade legislators in six project regions to establish permanent Public Committees that would involve the public and non-profit organizations in the development and evaluation of state programs and local budgets, and improve two-way communication between local government and the public. The project was carried out jointly with long-term CSE Kazakhstan partner Kaisha Atakhanova and her organization, EcoCenter-Karaganda.

I am choosing well trained, well qualified women to choose the rural projects that they will fund.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

The Kazak rural recipients and their villages will be empowered to continue to benefit their local communities.

How many people will your project serve annually?

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?

No

If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

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Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?

Yes

Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

Partnerships are critical, without them, the innovation would not be possible. In the past, we have secured prominent partnerships that have helped us create the infrastructure needed to assist Kazak women in skill building.

From October 2004 to October 2006, CSE conducted a two-year Kazakhstan Women's Political Participation project, called "Democracy in Action," that was sponsored by the US Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL). One of the major goals of the project was to persuade legislators in six project regions to establish permanent Public Committees that would involve the public and non-profit organizations in the development and evaluation of state programs and local budgets, and improve two-way communication between local government and the public. The project was carried out jointly with long-term CSE Kazakhstan partner Kaisha Atakhanova and her organization, EcoCenter-Karaganda.

We are looking for future partners that will assist us in providing funding to women on the ground that are dispersing business training and loans locally.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

In the past, the business plan has been supported by private foundations. We need to continue with business or foundation money.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

We started with the small grants when I was doing womens leadership training for 180 women all over Kazakshtan. I chose 15 among those to become grant makers themselves. That was the innovation- to give out fishing rods instead of “fish”. We wanted to give grants that would have a multiplier effect and be sustainable.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

The Center's Directors Francis Macy and Enid Schreibman have been organizing technical and cultural collaborations between Americans and citizens of the former Soviet Union since 1983. They have co-sponsored and addressed many energy conferences and seminars in Russia and Ukraine, have conducted training and grant programs in Kazakhstan and have organized study tours in the U.S. for environmental activists from those countries.

Macy is a Russian specialist who has made over fifty working visits to the USSR and successor states since 1961. He received the Nuclear Free Future Life-Time Achievement Award for "building bridges between the Russian and American peace and environmental movements." Schreibman has been leading professional exchanges to and from the former Soviet Union since 1986. She is an experienced trainer, organizational consultant and women's rights activist.

Since 1991, the staff of the Center for Safe Energy has established partnerships with environmental activists and energy specialists in the former Soviet Union.

The Center's work currently includes NGO capacity building, women's leadership and civil rights, energy information exchange, local organizing and NGO advocacy campaigns, energy efficiency and renewable energy business development. With its foreign partners, the Center has co-sponsored seminars, conferences, training programs, environmental assessments and exchanges of delegations between the United States and the former Soviet Union.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Email from Changemakers

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Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Women’s time poverty, Social norms, Economic or institutional constraints.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

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Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

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If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

The project focused on women from its conception..

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Rural.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

It is led by a woman/women from a developing country., The core project team includes women from developing countries..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?

Multilateral/bilateral, Non-profit/NGO/community-based organization, Government, Women's organization.

Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women, Working on innovation.