Novruz in Baku

Why, hello! My name is Chris Paci, and from August 2011 to May 2012, I was a roaming Kiva Fellow volunteering with microfinance institutions throughout the post-Soviet republics. As a representative of Kiva, I spent two months based in Khujand, Tajikistan working with a Kiva field partner called IMON International; four months in Baku, Azerbaijan with Aqroinvest Credit Union, Komak Credit Union, and VisionFund AzerCredit; two months in Uzhhorod, Ukraine with HOPE Ukraine; and a final month trapped in Georgia due to visa woes, during which time I fell in love with the country and vowed to live there one day.

As a Kiva Fellow, I made periodic posts on the official Kiva Stories from the Field blog, all of which I’ve linked to from here. The blog you’ve landed on now was a space for me to share my more personal reflections on my Kiva work, my travels, and my post-fellowship quest to visit the disputed territories of the former Soviet Union whose independence remains unrecognized.

I am currently (as of fall 2012) pursuing a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Tufts University. Officially, I am focusing on development economics and human security; unofficially, all that I do seems to revolve around my Kiva experiences, and around the encounters with extreme poverty and ethnic conflict and the ravages of war that shaped my year.

Aside from all that, I am an inveterate traveler and explorer; a historian and a linguist; a violinist, an outdoorsman, a future international development professional. I try to discover adventure and beauty in all I do.

Nice to meet you!


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