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Aruuke Abdukarimova solved challenges for residents of Ak-Jar and Bolshevik, two villages that constitute the Ak-Jar municipality of Kyrgyzstan. She opened a kindergarten, raised money for the local school in Bolshevik and led the renovation of the Ak-Jar's medical facility and cultural center. She says she has become a stronger leader through training and mentoring through the Zhigerduu Ayimdar (Active Women) program. Initiated by the non-governmental organization Community Development Alliance with support from the USAID Zhigerduu Jarandar project, the program trained 100 women leaders from 19 municipalities across the country to strengthen their leadership skills and integrate gender-based violence prevention and waste management into local policy documents. Photo credit: Danil Usmanov for FHI 360