Stories tagged with Tajikistan

Sep 9, 2010 TJ Tajikistan

What do Hillary Clinton, Dmitry Medvedev, Islam Karimov, and 2 Kiva Fellows have in common?

We all took time last week to wish Tajikistan a happy 19th anniversary of Independence — declared on September 9, 1991.

Tajikistan’s strategic location in Central Asia, along the ancient Silk Road trade routes, has helped make it a key partner for many of the world’s leading powers (demonstrated by the diverse group of politicians sending their regards to Tajikistan’s President). 

As the nation balances diplomatic and economic interests with countries...

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Sep 9, 2010 TJ Tajikistan

I remember it was my first day in Khujand, in northern Tajikistan, when I first heard there were 100 or more microfinance organizations in Tajikistan. I was slightly shocked. Clearly this was some mistake. The next day, I found out it wasn’t.

There are many small and medium MFI’s (Microfinance Institutions) in Tajikistan, around 90, and there are also a few large ones, and a few banks as well. The most interesting aspect to me is that there are so many that even the AMFOT- Association of Micro-Finance Organizations of Tajikistan, doesn’t have exact numbers of the amount of MFI’s in...

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Aug 8, 2010 TJ Tajikistan

If you look up Tajikistan on Kiva you can find some loans for 50$ and 75$, but you also can find 4,000$ loans. On average farming vegetables and fruit loans are between 125$-900$ (there are those that are over, but the good portion lie within this range). These loans are small compared to the rest of the loans from Tajikistan, but they have monumental impact.

If you read any of the economic stats on Tajikistan a few things jump out at you. Number one) they do not export a lot and number two) the area in which to make these commodities are few and far between. The list of exports are...

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Aug 8, 2010 TJ Tajikistan

By Donald Hart, KF12, Tajikistan 

Central Asia is famous for its hospitality.  As I set out for my fellowship in Tajikistan with minimal, (scratch that, zero) Russian or Tajik language ability – I had little else to rely on. 

My first week as a guest of Farrukh, one of the staff at Kiva’s Field Partner, Humo, has meant the following: 

  • Always being poured the first cup of tea among a group
  • Always being the first to be served a plate of food
  • Inviting me to stay at his home upon arrival
  • Opening his pantry to offer me food
  • ...
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Aug 8, 2010 TJ Tajikistan

I recently began work at MDO Arvand, formerly MicroInvest. Arvand, which will soon return to the Kiva website, is currently growing and expanding its client base in Northern Tajikistan. It has created an interesting way to explain Microfinance to its clients, but also to its clients children. Using a Tajik Fairy Tale it has written a small book that it hands out to its clients titled “The Stork and the Golden Grain”. The stork is the bird of good luck in this part of the world.

part...

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Jul 7, 2010 TJ Tajikistan

As one of the new Kiva Fellows who will be in the field by the end of month, I bubble with excitement about going to a foreign country and helping Kiva. I tell anyone who asks that I am going to Tajikistan, usually with a big smile, or at least excitement in my voice.

People usually look at me with the squinty eyed pondering look, then I get asked a lot of the same questions:

1. What country is that?

2. Is that even a real country???

3. Ok, ok, so if it is real, where is it?

4. How do you spell that?

5. Why do you want to go there?

I do not...

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Jul 7, 2010 TJ Tajikistan

By Rosalind Piggot, KF10, Tajikistan

Until about a month ago, I didn’t realize that currency exchange loss protection was important to Kiva Lenders.  That was until Yelena (KF11, Azerbaijan) raised the issue, pointing out a discussion on kivafriends.  Many lenders don’t lend via Field Partners that share currency risk.  Why should Kiva Lenders take on the risk of currency loss when Kiva’s Field Partners can protect against it in other ways?

What is currency risk on Kiva?

Currency risk is embedded in the...

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Jul 7, 2010 TJ Tajikistan

Tashbubu spinning wool into yarn, photo by Rob Cavese

By Rosalind Piggot, KF10, Tajikistan

“Apparently women entrepreneurs are able to raise funds more quickly than men in the world of Kiva,” wrote Peter Tashjian in his recent post.

Peter confirmed what I had long suspected. Through lender pages and meetings with other lenders, it seemed that Kiva’s women entrepreneurs had more of a following than men.

With this in mind, I thought I’d add a post on women in the Tajik...

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Jun 6, 2010 TJ Tajikistan

by Rosalind Piggot, KF10, Tajikistan

Many Kiva Entrepreneurs I have met took up business to earn money to support their families. Some previous work didn’t pay enough.

But in Tajikistan, micro-entrepreneurship has big competition when it comes to supporting the family. The rival is employment in Russia. As part of the Soviet Union for over 60 years, many Tajiks speak Russian. They can enter Russia without a special visa. With limited job opportunities and lower wages in Tajikistan, Russia is the obvious way forward for a lot of Tajiks.

Russian...

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Jun 6, 2010 TJ Tajikistan

By Rosalind Piggot, KF10, Tajikistan

At 7 am the other morning, I was deafened by rhythmic Tajik dance tunes.  After squirming around on my floor mattress to try to wake up fully, I opened the window.  On the street 4 stories below, one young man was dressed in a suit holding flowers.  Thirty odd neighbors were standing around watching, dancing as the songs blasted out.

zang-e akhir

The extended family of celebrations

This...

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