The Reading Together Project's main objective is to improve the reading skills of children in primary school. USAID has been providing education assistance to the Kyrgyz Republic since 1992.
Increasing food security and economic growth in Kyrgyzstan continue to be priorities for USAID, which also works to improve farmer awareness, understanding, and access to yield-enhancing agricultural production technologies.
The USAID Women’s Leadership in Small and Medium Enterprises (WLSME) works with women entrepreneurs in garment production, tourism, and agro-processing value chains across Kyrgyzstan.
About Kyrgyz Republic
The Kyrgyz Republic is a small, landlocked, mountainous country in Central Asia with a population of just over 5.5 million people. It is the second-poorest country in Central Asia, with one-third of the population living below the poverty line. Following the ousting of its president in 2010 and subsequent civil disturbances, the Kyrgyz Republic is recovering from a deep political and economic crisis.
Despite the country’s democratic progress, impediments to development remain, including widespread corruption, low foreign investment and a high unemployment rate. Approximately one-third of the Kyrgyz Republic’s workforce is employed abroad, reducing the available pool of qualified labor. The implementation of democratic reforms remains a challenge, and limited energy resources and low agricultural productivity contribute to insufficient economic growth.
Last updated: September 12, 2014