Many households are now headed by women, who are the poorest members of society. We are committed to supporting them and their families to achieve sustainable livelihoods. We work closely with community leaders to provide access to education, skills training and family support.

Feltmaking
MIM (Made in Mongolia) is a non profit initiative established to create employment for women and to provide wider support for their communities. 330 women were trained by the MIM Project in sewing, embroidery and felt making in Ulaanbaatar and Underschil in the Gobi Desert.

With financial support from the US, from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and from the Irish Government, Asral was able to purchase a designated space in the city centre to house the felt making project.

20 women are now employed full-time by MIM in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, and Underschil, a small settlement in the Gobi desert. An online shop was set up and the felt items are being exported internationally. It is said that the felt products being created at MIM are the highest quality in Mongolia.

Gachuurt

Up to 30 families are trained annually in organic vegetable growing at our training centre in Gachuurt. supported by seeds, tools, equipment and material for poly-tunnels. A well was drilled  and a permanent greenhouse built to help give the young seeds a head start in the severe climate. A full time trainer is employed to work with the families

After discussion with the local Governor, school and hospital, Asral received funds to build a greenhouse for a vegetable growing project, aimed specially for children. The Governor agreed to provide land and Asral will work with the school and hospital staff to develop this project, aimed at providing a sustainable supply of fresh organic vegetables.

536 kilos of seed potatoes was distributed in May.

  • 28 families received 22 kilos of seed potatoes
  • 8 families and disabled persons received tools
  • 3 families received water trolleys.

In the Autumn, participants harvested salad greens, peppers and squash, as well as:

  • 2.6 tons of potatoes
  • 70 kg of cabbages
  • 75 kg of carrots
  • 110 kg of cucumber
  • 20 kg of onions
  • 30 kg of turnip