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
Kyrgyzstan: Getting entrepreneurs back on their feet
Yesterday was a really good day. We approved over 130 “equity grants” (cash disbursements) to micro-entrepreneurs who suffered direct losses. Mostly their businesses or inventories had been burned or looted.
Kyrgyzstan: A day spent assessing the damage in Osh
I was feeling the heat by mid-morning in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city. I took refuge from the sun under a slice of metal roofing. Less than a minute passed before a firm grip on my forearm gently escorted me away from my prized spot of shade.
Kyrgyzstan: VIDEO: Bleeding hearts and pragmatic minds
Ainash Mamatova and her husband had just finished remodeling their home earlier this year; it had taken them many years to save up enough money to do this. Ainash had worked at the bazaar for 16 years, mainly selling shoes.
Kyrgyzstan: A fund in Kyrgyzstan to rebuild micro-enterprises
In a quiet Osh neighborhood there stands a torched shop with no roof. The hot afternoon sun shines over what little remains of Nadira Abdusatarova’s once-thriving seamstress business.
Kyrgyzstan: There vs. Here
There: I rode the N-Judah to work, which could take anywhere from 20-50 minutes depending on SF Muni's mood. Here: My flatmate and I walk to work, playing “Frogger” as we cross the streets (jaywalking is standard here, but that doesn't mean drivers slow down).
Kyrgyzstan: On the Streets of Osh
Gul Luba stood in front of her burnt-out home. It was also her burnt-out business. She sold food items and cold drinks out of her store front facing a main road in the heart of Osh city. She stands stout, has a round face that expresses experience, and sun hardened skin.
Kyrgyzstan: VIDEO: How Kompanion is spurring development in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan: Distributing food, relief items in southern Kyrgyzstan
Over the weekend we distributed US$17,000 worth of relief items -- baby food, salt, soap, towels, toilet paper, dishware, detergent, diapers and bedding -- in two locations.
Kyrgyzstan: VIDEO: Renewing local economies in Kyrgyzstan
In response to the recent violence in Osh and Jalalabad, Mercy Corps has provided local area hospitals with baby food, sanitation products and basic medical supplies.
Kyrgyzstan: Responding to needs in displacement camps and host communities