Review of project outcomes and plans for the future in Yapshorv

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Фев 28 2018

A round table to discuss outcomes of the pilot project "Clean Energy: Sustainable Communities" was held on February 9, 2018 in Yapshorv village, Savnob jamoat, GBAO. The event was attended by the jamoat officials, women from the project target group, village activists and staff of the Environmental Organization "The Little Earth" and local NGO "Oyandasoz".

The round table afforded the stakeholders and direct beneficiaries of the project an opportunity to evaluate its outcomes, share their views about the accomplished work, existing problems and discuss future plans. 

As part of the round table program, Malabek Malabekov, chairman of Savnob Jamoat, provided an overview of the jamoat development plans for the next few years and answered the participants’ questions. He also thanked The Little Earth for their longstanding assistance in addressing social and environmental problems faced by local communities.

Gulbahor Gulomshoeva from Roshorv village presented her experience of using energy efficient equipment, which she had received last year as part of a similar project implemented by the Little Earth. She explained how she calculated the amount of saved fuel and how much money she had managed to save over the said period. "Apart from other things, collecting firewood takes up much less of my time now. I have now more time to spend on child rearing and self-development" - she said.

Women participating in the current project also shared their views about the conducted workshops and equipment they received. Gulanor Shikorieva, a resident of Barchadiv village, observed: "Taking part in the workshops provided an interesting experience for me. The gained knowledge enabled me to take a look at our everyday life and difficulties that we come across from a different perspective. I learned that there were technologies available that could help us improve our living conditions and conserve the environment. Our family received a solar cooker, a lantern and an energy efficient stove. We are using the lantern on a daily basis. It has been extremely useful for our household. I look forward to the warm season so that I can start using the solar cooker. I heard enthusiastic feedback from women who use the cookers in other villages."

Rahmatnazar Mamadamonov, a local artisan, who led a hands-on workshop on construction of solar dryers, described his experience in construction and dissemination of various energy saving devices. Availability of such artisans is a great asset of remote communities where delivery of such equipment from outside would be difficult.

Rozik Yaftaliev, head of Oyandasoz, talked in his presentation about importance of local public groups and the significant role they play in community mobilization and raising of additional resources.

Anton Timoshenko, executive director of the Little Earth, emphasized that it was crucial to ensure greater involvement of women in the design, implementation and monitoring of local community development plans and programs. He called on the local authorities to heed the voice of women and make sure that their views and needs are reckoned with in the decision-making process.

Participants of the round table confirmed their commitment to continue cooperation to address energy and environment related problems faced by communities in the upper reaches of the Bartang valley.

It is to be reminded that the Project "Clean Energy: Sustainable Communities" was implemented by the Little Earth with support from the Democracy Commission Small Grants Program (US Embassy in Tajikistan). As part of the project, twenty women from the most vulnerable families in two villages (10 from Yapshorv and 10 from Barchadiv) took part in training and hands-on workshops devoted to sustainable energy. They also received sets of equipment each including a solar parabolic cooker, energy efficient stove for cooking and a solar portable lantern.