The investigated the linkage between family and private business in Kyrgyzstan, with a focus on small businesses. The research was conducted through a combination of in-depth interviews and a survey of 1000 small business owners in Bishkek and Osh. The study began with twenty in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs from different industries as well as experts and leaders of business associations. The interviews aimed to gain insights into the role of family in small businesses and explore the various forms of family involvement.
The survey was conducted using random sampling, which included block selection and census. The results highlighted the significant role of family in small businesses in Kyrgyzstan. Family members play a crucial role in key decision-making processes and occupy key positions within the business. Furthermore, family businesses in Kyrgyzstan are often passed down from generation to generation, indicating the significance of family involvement in sustaining small businesses in the country. The survey results also confirm the prevalence of family-owned businesses and the involvement of family members in small businesses. These findings can provide valuable insights to policymakers and business leaders in Kyrgyzstan to promote and support the role of family in small businesses.
The study was led by Dr. Paul Dower (University of Wisconsin – Madison), funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and conducted locally by Target Research team through partner organisation, Crossroads Central Asia.