So, here is a collection of photos from three months of travels. It’s but a glimpse, an unworthy speck of what can be called life in Azerbaijan. Pictures from Sabirabad, Imishli, Bilasuvar, Agsu, Goychay, Beylagan, and Agjabedi.
Some towns are centuries old; others no more than a decade. Socioeconomic progress is slow to arrive for most. Life here hasn’t changed much in generations. The grazing sheep and nutrients of the dirt still dictate one’s future. The modern distractions of phones and television fill the void of free time left empty by stalled progress.
It is a different type of poverty here. Most people do have electricity and water. Many have sturdy homes and land for agriculture. Every day, they eat fresh meat and vegetables with their tea and candy.
But they wait. They can only support themselves to some extent for so long. In the meantime, the state-sponsored infrastructure and industry of the communist past is deteriorating; the nascent capitalist market painfully correcting a horribly inefficient economy. Most need the support of others, formal and informal. This inclues your support.
Here are some of those people and places, and their stories.
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Dimitri Zakharov is a Kiva Fellow (KF20) currently roaming Azerbaijan. He has been living in Baku and working with three diverse field partners: Komak Credit Union, which lends primarily to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Nagorno-Karabakh War; Aqroinvest Credit Union, which focuses on both IDPs and Azerbaijan’s rural poor; and VisionFund AzerCredit, Kiva’s newest and largest field partner in Azerbaijan. Join the lending team Supporters of Azerbaijan, and make a loan to a Komak, Aqroinvest, or AzerCredit borrower today!