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
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Kyrgyzstan: Selling the Harvest
Tamga, Kyrgyzstan — Mariam Jeenalieve's backyard orchard produces a colorful mix of apples: there's the Chinese Kulon Kitika, recognized by its alternate streaks of pink and lime-green, the golden-yellow Tashaima, and an inordinate number of pale-red McIntosh.
Kyrgyzstan: Learning to Grow
Tamga, Kyrgyzstan — It's a crisp, late-September morning that feels perfect for plucking apples, and a tree in Murat Toguzbaev's backyard is sagging with dozens of plump Red Delicious varietals just ripe for the picking.
Kyrgyzstan: A New Breed of Development
Kara Dobo, Kyrgyzstan — Veterinarian Joldosh Ibragimov doesn't exactly pine to return to the days before Kyrgyzstan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. But he does fondly recall at least one thing about Soviet rule: big cows.
Kyrgyzstan: Tools for Sustainable Change
Kyrgyzstan: The Pearl of Kyrgyzstan
The village of Ornok sits on the touristy northern shores of Lake Issyk Kul, the so-called "The Pearl of Kyrgyzstan."
Kyrgyzstan: Global Food for Education
In October 2001, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded Mercy Corps a Global Food for Education program, which aims to mobilize and strengthen community involvement in education, and improve access to education for children living throughout Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan: The Determined Man of Kurbuu
Abdysh Asaev is an old man, well past the age of retirement. By rights, he should be sitting back and letting other people help him while he simply dispenses age-old wisdom. But Adbysh Asaev is no ordinary old man.
Kyrgyzstan: An Extraordinary Businesswoman Works to Improve the Lives of Orphans
Klara isn't an ordinary businesswoman, but that's what we all thought she was when she started buying flour donated by the U.S Department of Agriculture in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan: Hard Work, Big Dreams
Gulumkan is an 8-year-old girl. She is the youngest in a family of eleven, including her older brother's wife and children. All of them live in a house that her father built three years ago. Before, they lived in a small earthen house that looked more like a shed than a house.
Kyrgyzstan: Pride in Hard Work
Alla Kulbeda is the director of the Krasnaya Rechka (Red River) Special Boarding School in northern Kyrgyzstan. The boarding school raises and educates orphans with "oligophrenia" - a disease that impairs a person's ability to think.