Planning for Success and Changing Lives
Khayrigul Marodbekova, 50, one of the highest certified hairdressers in Tajikistan, as worked for other people all her life. She graduated from a vocational school for hairstyling in Dushanbe, and completed three years of study at the Riga Hairdressing School in Latvia in the early 1960s. She shared how her shortage of business knowledge has always prevented her from starting her own salon, which has been a longtime dream. With the goal to work for herself, she enrolled in UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) business planning course in Khorog last year.
“By providing up-to-date techniques, concepts and approaches in business, SPCE’s course and sessions equipped me with new skills and independence. I am now thinking about expenses and revenues, and have the confidence needed to launch my own business,” said Khayrigul, who is from the Nawobod village in the Shugnan district of Tajikistan. “The staff at SPCE are also very patient, and are always willing to help, answer questions, and push you towards your goals,” added Khayrigul.
After completing SPCE’s course, she took the next step and rented a space for her beauty salon in Khorog in December 2019. With assistance from SPCE, Khayrigul secured funding for new equipment and renovations, and launched her beauty salon in early March 2020. She believes that the way she designed her salon, and the quality of services she plans to provide makes her salon unique.
She has hired another hairdresser, and having gained business knowledge and experience, is motivated to expand her business further. “I have already started the second phase of my business. In collaboration with the Employment Department of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast, I have launched a hairstyling skills training for 15 women,” said Khayrigul. She plans to expand her current space, and open new salons in different locations for the women who are being trained.
“Even if is too early to benefit financially from my newly established business, it has already changed my life by uplifting my spirit and morale. My clients and acquaintances congratulate me, and I now have even more drive to succeed.”