Success Stories

Bayanhongor Aimag. Many Members, One Heart

Oyuntsetseg, Batdulam and Togoo met in a USDA funded RASP project boot making training in 2010 and instantly became friends. They were the same age and had similar experiences. All three ladies had big families, each of them had a disabled family member and they all struggled to earn enough money to support their families.

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Uvs Aimag. A Vision in the Dark

Turtogtukh, a 19 year old herder from Uvs aimag, was born with a degenerative eye disease that left him completely blind when he was 15 years old. His father died in 2009 and the same year the sight in his good eye worsened; eventually he lost his sight entirely.

After dzud disaster in 2009, Tortogtukh’s family lost all their livestock. The tiny monthly pension of MNT 85,000 (USD 60) he receives for his disability was not enough to support the family, so he moved new life.

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Bayan-Ulgii Aimag. Beneficiary of the Business Development Service


Written by: Kh.Jumagul, Bayan-Ulgii aimag partnership facilitator, Mercy Corps Mongolia

"Kazakh Craft" is an LLC which manufactures handicraft products of ethnic Kazakhs who live in Bayan-Ulgii province, on the western border of Mongolia. Bayan-Ulgii province is far away from markets, infrastructure is weak, and the unemployment rate is high. Under these circumstances, "Kazakh Craft" is running their operation successfully and giving job opportunities to women based on their own skills. There were problems to start a business, such as to recruit new employees, to expand capacity of the equipment, finding financial sources to buy raw materials for 1 year of operation, and not enough knowledge to expand the business.

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Arhangai Aimag. Pearl Chain Handcraft Group

Nergui is a single mother from Arhangai aimag. She raised two children, one of whom was a disabled girl. Nergui struggled with ongoing low income and unemployment.

Nergui was always interested in producing pearl handcrafts and was very excited when she finallyhad a chance to attenda three week training course on pearl handcraft organized by a local Labor and Social Welfare Department in 2007.

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Arhangai Aimag. Development of Undur-Ulaan Partnership - EPG


Written by: Otgonbat, Arhangai aimag partnership facilitator, Mercy Corps Mongolia

Herders in Undur-Ulaan soum of Arhangai aimag are known as very diligent people. They work from early morning until late at night. Herders work very hard like ants but their lives did not get better. They had a chance to work together using good quality land. But they didn’t understand how to gain an advantage. The reason was that they had a poor knowledge of collective action.

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