Ben spent several years working as a political consultant before moving to Mombasa, Kenya to pursue his interest in international development. After helping form a farmers’ cooperative there, he became irrevocably drawn to the power of social enterprise to transform the lives of the world’s chronically poor. Ben is thrilled to have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in microfinance while serving as a Kiva Fellow in Khujand, Tajikistan.

Fellows Blog Posts by Ben Schelling

May 1, 2012 TJ Tajikistan

By Benjamin Schelling, KF17, Tajikistan

Ismoil Somoni Peak, formerly Peak Communism

Tucked against well-known neighbors China and Afghanistan, Tajikistan remains virtually anonymous to much of the Western world. Most today know scarcely more about Central Asia’s smallest country than when the first British and Russian spies of “The Great Game” traversed the Pamir mountains in the mid to late 1800s.

Not that Tajikistan lacks...

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