With American help, a company in Kyrgyzstan has opened a new facility. Up to 80 tons of high quality cashmere fiber will be produced annually by Kyrgyz Cashmere.
The new facility will process Kyrgyz yak, camel, and cashmere fiber. Kyrgyz Cashmere collects cashmere fiber from farmers in remote areas of Kyrgyzstan.
As a result of this partnership with the US, Kyrgyz Cashmere will increase the incomes of hundreds of families as it expands wool collection to the Batken, Jalal-Abad, Naryn, Osh, and Issyk-Kul regions.
The company’s production will create economic opportunities for more families and in the long term the facility plans to expand further to source fiber from the broader Central Asian region. The company maintains high-quality processing to increase the competitiveness of Kyrgyz cashmere and yak fiber on the international market.
In addition, Kyrgyz Cashmere plans to train shepherds and introduce innovative best practices to increase the Kyrgyz Republic’s exports to high-end clothing manufacturers in Europe.
Kyrgyz Cashmere is one of the many businesses that the United States supports across the Kyrgyz Republic. In the last four years, this has helped over 120 Kyrgyz businesses to grow, increase their sales, access new markets, and create over 18,000 new permanent and seasonal jobs.