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Last updated: July 20, 2022

July 20, 2022

Nikita Latypov lives and breathes music. But he must rely solely upon his hearing to compose, play, and experience music. The 18-year-old from Shymkent, a city in southern Kazakhstan, was diagnosed with optic nerve atrophy when he was a child. The disease is incurable and has deprived Nikita of his sight. However, this has not stopped him from pursuing his love of music. Since the age of four, he has been composing his own music pieces and he can play any melody on the piano.

July 12, 2022

Zahira Begalieva has long been promoting the rights of people with disabilities in Kazakhstan and helping them secure jobs through her ITeachMe Competence Development Center. Zahira, who herself lives with a serious musculoskeletal disease, knows firsthand how critical accessibility and inclusion can be.

July 7, 2022

Nazilya Huseynova, a doll maker from Turkmenistan, used to help her grandmother sew clothes as a child. At the age of 10, she sat down at a sewing machine for the first time. Today she thinks fondly of those early days of mastering a new craft – and the doors it has opened for her.  At the age of 18, Nazilya became a professional seamstress. Nazilya is an accountant by training, but sewing became her vocation. She has successfully raised two children while working on her own terms as a seamstress, and always made time to study new techniques. 

May 25, 2022

Abdullo Sodikov used to work as an ATM maintenance engineer in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, but always had dreams of becoming an IT developer and contributing to the development of the country’s growing IT sector. As he found himself less and less interested in his day job, he realized he was ready to take the next step towards his goal of becoming a web and mobile application developer.

March 25, 2022

As a child growing up in the tiny village of Baydala in northern Kazakhstan, one of Mariyash Salimgereyevna Zhakupova’s daily chores was cleaning the family’s kerosene lamp. To her small hands, it was heavy and sticky, but it had to be done, for it was the family’s only source of light once evening fell.