Improve economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and families, and educational and vocational opportunities for youth.
Kyrgyzstan draws global interest as Central Asia's first parliamentary democracy and a critical transit base for coalition forces in the war in Afghanistan. Although national reforms have been considered in the wake of the government overthrow and communal violence in 2010, there is rising unemployment and food insecurity, and ethnic tensions persist.
- Economic opportunity: Providing financing to small and medium sized businesses
- Agriculture & Food: Helping families manage home gardens, grow higher-quality fruits and raise healthier livestock to boost incomes
- Children & Youth: Supporting better learning through nutritious school meal programs and classroom repairs and improvements
All stories about Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan: Kompanion delivers food to beleaguered hospitals in Osh
Our microfinance company in Kyrgyzstan, Kompanion, has already organized and distributed $35,000 worth of food to hospitals in Osh. They're also collecting clothes to deliver. More than 1700 people have been reported injured by inter-ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan's second-largest city.
Kyrgyzstan: Contagious violence
The civil unrest in Osh and Jalalabad brings great sadness to the country. Everyday more lives are lost, houses and businesses are destroyed and optimism is challenged.
Kyrgyzstan: Πepexóд (Transitions)
We were flying from London to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan via Almatay, Kazakhstan. I was in a semi-conscious airplane daze when my Kazakh neighbor tapped me on the shoulder, pointing out the right side of the plane.
Kyrgyzstan: Oh where have you been, my blue eyed son?
Name that tune!
Kyrgyzstan: The humbling reality of recent events
I was several days into my Mercy Corps internship and still couldn’t kick the jet-leg. I decided to trade in the view of my bedroom ceiling for some fresh air. I walked towards the city center as dawn crept over the jagged snowcapped peaks of Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan: You're going where?
A couple of weeks ago, I began informing my friends and family that I will be spending this summer interning out of Mercy Corps’ Kyrgyzstan office. Apart from the "Borat" jokes (wrong country, folks), general responses have included:
Kyrgyzstan: Toilets and community capacity development
I arrived on a typical school day to what seemed an empty school. That was because everyone was in the bathroom!
Kyrgyzstan: Getting creative with nutrition for Kyrgyz kindergarteners
Kyrgyzstan: Microfinance and development in Kyrgyzstan
Kompanion News is distributed in Kyrgyzstan to highlight the development work that Mercy Corps and Kompanion, Mercy Corps’ microfinance institution, undertake in the country.
Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan: A confluence of crisis
The paradox of development is when our work meets a need, but that need has arisen from an unforeseen event or conditions.