I’ve been immersed in the mission this week – San Francisco’s Mission district. Block after colorful block surrounds Kiva’s office at 18th and Folsom where we’ve been gathered just prior to our departures throughout the world. And while you can find virtually any type of cuisine in the area – from Salvadoran to Vietnamese to Senegalese – it’s really all about the burritos. Last night’s sampling was a bulging toasty tortilla jammed with spicy al pastor courtesy of El Farolito on 24th and Mission. Taqueria Cancun is just a short 5 blocks away where the carne asada super burrito lives up to its name.
As much as I enjoy the burritos, I’ll soon be several thousand miles away from the Mission and writing about the best eatery in Khujand, Tajikistan. I have no idea what to expect and my only experience with Tajik cuisine is reading about it from ‘The Google.’ Something called cheburek is described as a deep-fried dough cake filled with ground lamb, spices and onions. Hmmm, sounds a bit like a burrito? Maybe not… but I’m confident that I’ll put on a few pounds to insulate against the bitter Tajikistan winter. And of course there’s the vodka, but that’s for another post.
I’ll be working with MLF MicroInvest which is one of the largest partners representing over $1 million in Kiva loans. Anyone with a particular interest in Tajikistan can join the new Tajikistan lending team and load the MicroInvest RSS Feed into their RSS reader to stay up to date when new loans are posted from MicroInvest./>