Baktygul A. is a 45 year-old widow with four children. At the age of 19, she got married and lived in a love-matched marriage for 20 years. In 2006, Baktygul’s beloved husband passed away and she became the only support for her children.
She decided to engage in cattle-breeding with the starting capital of 7,000 Kyrgyzstan Som (KGS) and did her best to develop it. She also started to cultivate a plot of land with perennial herbs, which serve as a concentrate of forage for her cattle.
Her tireless efforts in these activities allowed her to renovate the family’s house and give an education to her children. Her elder daughter went off in search of a living and now Baktygul, in order to help her, maintains her two little children, which further raise the family’s expenditures.
Baktygul wants to take a loan of 100,000 KGS to buy bull calves for fattening and reselling and to purchase manure to fertilize the land. She hopes that this will help her to increase revenue. Baktygul is a very attentive grandmother, who is fond of her grandchildren and indulges them with all her heart.
Bai-Tushum and Partners uses Kiva funding to target the especially vulnerable population. Bai-Tushum and Partners is one of the leading microfinance institutions in Kyrgyzstan. As a reliable financial partner, Bai-Tushum contributes to the economic development of the Kyrgyz Republic through the delivery of microfinance services in rural and urban areas that lead to increased employment and meet the interests of its clients and investors.
About Bai Tushum Bank CJSC
Bai Tushum Bank CJSC is a microfinance bank in Kyrgyzstan offering clients a range of products including loans for business development, trade, production, leasing, mortgage, consumption and more. Its portfolio is mostly comprised of group loans that cater to the broadest population of clients. Kiva lenders’ funds help the bank expand its services in remote areas to impact even more vulnerable communities in Kyrgyzstan.