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 programmes and classroom repairs improvements
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Kyrgyzstan: VIDEO: Bleeding hearts and pragmatic minds July 30, 2010
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 July 15, 2010
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 July 10, 2010
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 July 7, 2010
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 July 2, 2010
Kyrgyzstan: Distributing food, relief items in southern Kyrgyzstan July 1, 2010
Over the weekend we distributed £10,200 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 June 30, 2010
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 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.