Throught cUltures VAlorization : support for the Tuva minority in the Altai region of Mongolia


 The intervention aims to encourage a more varied composition of income sources for 40 families of the Tuvan community of Tsaagan Goliin , compensating the dependence on the male-managed livestock sector and making it more sustainable, through the strengthening of female-managed artisanal and tourist activities.


The project takes place in the Aimag (Province) of Bajan-Ôlgij , the westernmost province of Mongolia, in a predominantly mountainous area located on the border with Russia and China and about 36 hours from the capital Ulaanbaatar. Specifically, the intervention focuses on the Tsagaan camp Goliin , belonging to the village/district of Tsengel .


As this latest satellite image shows, the Tsagaan summer camp Goliin is located in the valley of the river of the same name, between the Tavan massif Bogd Uul (highest point of the Altai mountains in Mongolia at 4,374 m, from which the border between Russia, Mongolia and China branches off) and the village (“district”) of Tsengel (transliterated Cengel on the map) to the south east. The winter camp is located further downstream, towards Tsengel , but has no fixed location


Tuvans are an ethnic group that is in a minority condition, in an area with a Kazakh majority and relations between Tuvans and Kazakhs are quite difficult. The project therefore aims to respond to the socio-economic, socio-cultural and environmental needs of this minority. Currently the income of the Tuvan village of Tsagaan Goliin comes mainly from sheep farming; tourism contributes to a much lesser extent and, recently, crafts have also started to be a source of income, albeit minimal. Pastoralism is a typically male activity, while tourism and craftsmanship are managed by women. With this intervention we therefore try to support the diversification of the community’s income to limit the overall incidence of male-led farming, encouraging tourism and craftsmanship, female-led. Furthermore, we aim to propose paths to support more sustainable and profitable farming practices, limiting interactions between wild and farmed animals (which also cause disease and predation) to encourage the conservation of local ecosystems and the rational use of resources. This economic change should also support a cultural change that strengthens the role of women and enhances local culture


The project aims to induce the abandonment of remote areas of the Tsengel Municipality ( Bajan -Ôlgij Aimag ) by Tuva families , promoting the economy, cultural identity and sustainability in the management systems of the pastoral sector.The specific objectives are:Diversify the sources of income of the Tuva community of Tsagaan Goliin , supporting the production of artisanal products and the tourism sector and promoting the cultural identities of the Tuvan minority and female emancipation


Activity 1 – Support for the production and sale of products

  • Purchase and supply of two sewing machines for leather and felt
  • Training on the use of sewing machines and on improving product quality
  • Organization of dedicated events to support sales

Activity 2 – Strengthening the managerial skills of women artisans: training and technical assistance

  • Training on creating an entrepreneurial project
  • Training on economic feasibility and the business plan
  • Training on administrative, financial and accounting management
  • Training in marketing and visual identity

Activity 3: Expansion of tourist reception capacity and its quality

  • Purchase and supply of a ger with 5 beds and solar panel and battery system
  • Interior furnishing consultancy to combine tourist requests with local reality
  • Preparation of a tour guide
  • Signing of 2 framework contracts between the Tsagaan community Golin and tourist agencies
  • Setting up of the “ traveling Tuvan museum ”

Activity 4: Support for farming and sustainable production of raw materials

  • Realization of a need assessment
  • Training on livestock management and the relationship with wild animals (mainly predators)

Activities in the Bolzano area (raising awareness of the South Tyrolean population in order to promote project activities, Mongolian culture and traditions)

  • Dissemination of the activities and results obtained through the creation of a photographic exhibition
  • Sale of handicrafts made by Tuvan women


The direct beneficiaries are 80 people ( 40 women and 40 shepherds from the Tuvan community of Tsagaan Goliin )The indirect beneficiaries are the entire Tuvan community of Tsagaan Goliin (200 people


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