Farida Sulaimanova

Farida works for El-Tirek, an NGO providing support to women, children and orphans. As Executive Director, Farida is responsible for the development of the organisation, managing its staff and resources, promoting its work, and coordinating fundraising activities.

El-Tirek provides micro-credit loans to women in the area who wish to develop small local enterprises, improving living conditions for the local community. The loans are given without pledged assets and charge very low interest. At the moment El-Tirek is only able to supply loans to the area of Naryn City, but recent cooperation with local businesses has attracted financial and ‘in kind’ support for disadvantaged school children and orphans.

Although establishing partnerships with local government is particularly difficult, El-Tirek has recently worked with state secondary schools on a successful campaign to raise awareness of combating domestic violence and reducing child labour.