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In Kazakhstan, Business Partnerships with U.S. Firms Prove Profitable 

31-Mar-2015 Categories: Kazakhstan
This story was originally published in the March/April 2015 edition of USAID’s Frontlines Magazine. Kazakhstani food processing entrepreneurs visited Kansas State University to... read more
 

With IESC Support, Lebanon Establishes First Microfinance Association 

17-Mar-2015 Categories: Lebanon Press Releases

BEIRUT, LEBANON – On January 12, Lebanon’s Ministry of Interior and Municipalities officially approved the creation of the nation’s first microfinance association. The new association is made up of eight microfinance institutions that will work to strengthen the microfinance sector and increase access to finance for micro and small business owners throughout Lebanon.

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Global Volunteerism and Redefining Aging for the 21st Century 

IESC President Tom Miller has a new essay in the AARP Journal
16-Mar-2015 Categories: China Volunteer Stories

By 2030, China will have the world's largest aged society. By 2050 that population will be larger than the entire current population of the United States. At the same time, America's seniors are more active than ever. They have energy, expertise, and a desire to engage globally.

In the latest issue of The Journal, a publication of AARP International, IESC's president Tom Miller has written an essay titled, "West Meets East," about the partnership between IESC and AARP for a volunteer program in China and redefining aging for the 21st century.

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A Gym of One’s Own 

A Gym of One's Own: Fitness Clubs help Afghan Women Stay Healthy and Safe
10-Mar-2015 Categories: Afghanistan Our Impact

Sports and fitness buff Masuma Hossaini is determined to educate fellow Afghan women and girls on the health benefits of staying fit through exercising and to provide a safe environment where they can work out. “Taking care of one’s health is not a luxury; it is a necessity,” says Hossaini, owner of Alzahra Fitness Sports Club. “There are very few fitness centers for women in Kabul. Opening another branch will give more women access to fitness facilities.”

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Donkey Carts and Nervous Banks: Agriculture Lending in Egypt 

Volunteer expert Michael Braden recounts his experience in Egypt with Farmer to Farmer Program
27-Feb-2015 Categories: Egypt Volunteer Stories

Seeing the donkey-drawn carts heaped with hand-harvested corn gave me a taste of the challenges facing Egypt’s agriculture finance sector. Driving past fields in Sohag, Egypt, I contrasted the back breaking field labor these villagers exert to eke out a living on three feddan (3.12 acres), against the efficiencies of behemoth corn choppers I see American farm clients use, machines that harvest the same area in about a minute.

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Tunisia’s Organic Producers Get Exposure to the U.S. Market 

With quality on their side—and a little help from IESC—Tunisia organics are poised for growth
26-Feb-2015 Categories: Our Impact Tunisia
Tunisia is home to approximately 750 acres of organic farm land—the second largest acreage in Africa—where more than 2,300 farmers use certified organic production methods that help preserve biodiversity, support the soil,... read more
 

Kazakhstani Businesses Benefit from Connections with U.S. and Among Each Other 

23-Feb-2015 Categories: Kazakhstan Our Impact

This project was designed to help grow Kazakhstani small and medium enterprises. Between 2011 and 2014, we arranged 14 business development tours to the U.S. for 166 Kazakh businesswomen and men. Participants anticipate their businesses to increase sales by nearly $16 million next year and by about $110 million over the next 5 years.

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In Mazari Sharif, Women and Youth Innovators Drive Afghanistan's Growing Economy 

12-Feb-2015 Categories: Afghanistan Our Impact

IESC implements USAID's flagship enterprise development program in Afghanistan, ABADE. A foundry, a handicrafts company, a women's-only gym, and a media company are among the women- and youth-led businesses that the ABADE Program has helped to grow.

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A New Signed Agreement Will Increase Agricultural Productivity in Yemen 

15-Jan-2015 Categories: Our Impact Yemen

Last month in Sana’a, the Yemen Competitive Agricultural Systems for High-Value Crops program and the Cooperative and Agricultural Credit (CAC) Bank, a Yemeni state bank, signed a memorandum of understanding to increase agricultural productivity in the country. Signed in the presence of the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, the agreement will facilitate building the capacities and practicable skills of 14,000 farmers in seven target provinces: Sana'a, Lahj, Taiz, Dhamar, Raimah, Dhaela and Ibb.

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Letter from the President, December 2014 

Highlights of 2014 from IESC President Tom Miller
22-Dec-2014 Categories: Our Impact

As 2014 draws to a close, IESC continues to celebrate 50 years of supporting emerging economies, creating and preserving jobs, and building the capacity of public institutions. Not only are IESC’s programs thriving, but IESC as an organization is growing and improving in exciting ways.

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