U.S.- Azerbaijan improve access to electricity, livestock management in Beylagan (PHOTO)

Society Materials 21 July 2016 13:27 (UTC +04:00)

On July 19 and 20, villages in Beylagan district celebrated the completion of multiple electricity and livestock management projects. The ceremonies were attended by representatives of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Embassy, local Executive Committee, and municipal government. The projects were co-financed by USAID and the Government of Azerbaijan and implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI) under the Socio-Economic Development Activity (SEDA).

With support from EWMI, Ashaghi Chamanli, Ashigalilar, Gahramanli, and Orangala village residents improved the aging electrical infrastructure of their communities to ensure the growing population of Beylagan district will have access to electricity. The communities replaced more than 14,000 meters of old electrical wires with modern cable and installed 309 new poles, benefitting nearly 5,300 people in all four villages.

Also with support from EWMI, Ashigli village residents built a feed grinding facility capable of processing up to 1500 kg/hr increasing access to affordable and easily available animal feed. This improvement is expected to boost productivity while resulting in a nearly 50 percent reduction in costs, benefitting 2,600 residents of Ashigli village.

In total, EWMI has implemented 81 projects in 71 communities benefiting nearly 110,000 people around Azerbaijan with USAID support. Through SEDA, EWMI promotes cooperation between citizens, civil society organizations, and government to advance socio-economic development.