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.
Improve economic opportunities for entrepreneurs and families, and educational and vocational opportunities for youth.
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- 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
- Population (2013): 5.6 million
- UN Human Development Index rank: 125 (out of 187)
- Mercy Corps has worked here since 1994
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Kyrgyzstan: Responding to needs in displacement camps and host communities June 25, 2010
Kyrgyzstan: Packing the truck to Osh June 24, 2010
Our team in Bishkek sent these photos of loading a truckload of supplies headed for families in southern Kyrgyzstan. They include soap, dishware, bedding and 1,500 pounds of baby food.
Kyrgyzstan: Finding compassion in Kyrgyzstan June 23, 2010
On a cool, cloudy day in eastern Kyrgyzstan a man named Jialoo Mamatov stood tall, his outstretched arm pointed proudly towards a lush green garden. His delighted gaze needed no translation.
Kyrgyzstan: The little MFI that could June 22, 2010
What did you do on your sixth birthday? Kompanion, the Mercy Corps-founded microfinance institution, or MFI, will celebrate its six-year anniversary this October -- the same month elections are to take place in Kyrgyzstan.
Kyrgyzstan: Kompanion delivers humanitarian aid to Osh families June 22, 2010
Our microfinance company, Kompanion, released the following about its humanitarian response to the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan:
Kyrgyzstan: Organizing needs surveys in Osh, Jalalabad June 21, 2010
Mercy Corps is organizing a needs assessment in and around the southern Kyrgyzstan towns of Osh and Jalalabad, and Kyrgyz-Uzbek border areas which were badly affected by recent violence.
Kyrgyzstan: Don't give up on Kyrgyzstan June 18, 2010
It has been a very difficult few days indeed watching the tragic events in southern Kyrgyzstan unfold, making frantic calls and worrying about the safety of all our dear friends and my previous colleagues there.
Kyrgyzstan: Food delivered to hospital in Osh June 17, 2010
Five tons of food and medical aid from Mercy Corps' microfinance company, Kompanion, and three other organizations were distributed to a hospital and a beleaguered neighborhood in Osh yesterday.
Kyrgyzstan: Departing for Kyrgystan June 16, 2010
Kyrgyzstan: Calm but underlying tension in Osh and Jalalabad June 15, 2010
Here's what our country director, Catherine Brown, reported today: