Aman, 25 y.o., always dreamed of starting a business, however, numerous doubts and hesitation prevented young man from taking a step forward. Aman graduated from a university in Turkey and received an education in economics. Then he worked for a construction company in his hometown. However, the thought of starting his own business never left him.
“Everyone knows that business is always a risk. I really wanted to open one of my own but did not know where to start. Everyone scared me with the risks and uncertainty of the market, lack of demand and customers. Therefore, for a long time, business remained just a dream,” Aman remembers.
In the context of the global pandemic, Aman's firm reduced its activities and, due to lack of funding, completely suspended its projects. Aman, like many other young people, found himself in a situation where, amid the global pandemic, traditional employers could not support their employees. This is when the idea of starting a business came back to him.
“Aman contacted our project in early 2020. We have conducted trainings for young people in the field of leadership skills and self-employment. Our project is aimed at developing the economic potential of young people and creating self-employment opportunities. Aman’s idea required further development, and we directed our efforts to this, ”says Kabish Hydyrova, assistant of the regional project “Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation to Prevent Violent Extremism in Central Asia” in Dashoguz region.
During the trainings, Aman decided to open a small business for the local population in the Gubadag etrap of Dashoguz region, where he lived. In summer 2020, Aman opened an engine oil change center which employs 1 person and there is an opportunity to employ two more. In addition to participating in trainings, the project team provided support in conducting marketing research, establishing contacts with potential partners and writing a detailed business plan with an indication of all costs and calculation of potential profit. Subsequently, the project provided support in purchasing equipment and advising Aman on business development.