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14.08.2011 Tambov
Tambov City Jewish Community
Tvoy Kurs Opens Up Small Business Opportunities

After completing her Tvoy Kurs: Digital Literacy training, Galina Spitzyna, an unemployed single mother from Tambov, took a course in ICT technologies for business and launched her own small company.

Galina Spitzyna is thirty years old. After high school she left her home village for Tambov where she went to law school, successfully completed her studies and after graduation landed a job with an insurance company. When the recession hit in 2009, her position was downsized, and Galina found herself hard put to pay her rent and support her small son.

The municipal Employment Center offered her a number of retraining opportunities, and she chose a computer course, feeling that the ICT training she had received at the university was insufficient. Reading about the Tvoy Kurs initiative in a promotional flier she found in her mailbox, in the early 2010 she took two training courses at the Tvoy Kurs Center in Tambov, completing the basic Digital Literacy Curriculum and a separate course ICT Technologies for Business.

The payoff came in due time: in August 2010 Galina registered her own small law firm, choosing all the computer equipment and software for the office herself. By now her company called “People’s Layer” has earned a good reputation locally and boasts a number of long-term contracts, including one with the insurance company where Galina used to work.

Despite her busyness, Galina still finds time to attend seminars at the Tvoy Kurs: Center and actively promotes Tvoy Kurs: Digital Literacy among her friends and business partners. The alumna is certain that without the initial Digital Literacy training she couldn’t have completed the ICTs for Business course and would never have become a successful small business owner.
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