Fran Rodgers Fran Rodgers Fran Rodgers’ stories 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: 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.