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.
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