Influencing a Family through TCD

Hojagi Cluster Village, Tajikistan


This is a story about Zulfiya and her family who live in Yavan. Her husband Unus was from Takob, and he is my friend. About a month ago when I was sick, he asked me to help his family. He heard from some people that I work in Yavan and he found my phone number and called me. I took my wife, Polina, with me and we went to their house. Their village is close to Yavan and it’s called Sarkamish. We had a great discussion when we met. 


Polina’s personal story of transformation was inspiring to them. They all talked a lot, and I just listened. Zulfiya is now very interested in the Transformational Community Development (TCD) programme and Polina is working with her. Her husband doesn’t worry about the changes that are happening because he trusts me and my family. He is a very good and open person. This story shows how the story of changed love can influence a family and open doors in new villages. And you know how many of my old friends know about what I'm doing. 


The successful water projects are making us more well known. Yavan’s village is like a cluster. We started work in Yavan because of another friend and former TCD worker, Bozorboy. Afterwards, many people heard about it and now at least three other villages are interested in TCD and want us to teach them. It’s very encouraging to me!


The month of January started off well, but in February we started encountering many unplanned problems. For example, I could not submit a report last month because I lost my phone.  When I got a new phone, I was unable to restore all my information and so I lost all of my notes on the projects and the general situation. Adding to that, my whole family and I got sick. I don’t know if it was because of COVID-19. 


Now for some good news. Do you remember how in September we started an agriculture project in Hamadoni? We used some Income Generation seed money and grew cotton. We ended up selling the cotton and made some money. From the money we make from our agricultural projects, we want to support our team in Hamadoni. We helped a hospital with a water project and helped a family, too. And now we are starting another agriculture project to plant onions. We were planning to provide only $250 but the project will cost about $750 from one hectare. The family added $100 and another man gave $250, so GHNI gave $400 from the profit that we gained from cotton. We expect to earn about $2,500 per hectare. In future, we can support Hamadoni with only the money from agriculture, if things go according to our business plan.  


Life in Tajikistan has become expensive. Daily necessities like rice and bread have seen an increase in price of three to four times. Traveling inside Tajikistan has also become very expensive and so there is no way to get food for the pregnant sheep in our sustainability herd.  Five of our sheep died. Bobomurod lost about eighty sheep because all the food for the sheep comes from China. Also, many things come from Uzbekistan and all borders are closed now.  We were not expecting this situation in January and we didn’t know about it. These past three months have been terrible for us because of COVID-19.


In the next three months, we plan to initiate two water projects and two agriculture projects. With our GHNI team, we want to see the progress in each village where we work.  All this is dependent on how the situation with the novel coronavirus evolves and how we adjust our plan. The situation is not dire, but many people are in panic. Officially in Tajikistan, there is no COVID-19, but there are reported cases in all our three neighbouring countries of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. At the moment, we do not have a quarantine in effect, so we continue our work as normal, but try to protect ourselves the best we can.


Thank you!



GHNI Partner Volunteer