A loan of $1,400 helped a member to breed livestock, which will supply her retirement home with milk and meat.


Tatiana Sinuk’S Group's story

Tatiana S. (the first person on the left in the photograph) organized a retirement home called “Sunshine” for people between the ages 60-90 years old. She started 5 months ago, after her mother’s death. “I didn’t give all the warmth and care I could to my own parents, so I am giving it today to my new guests,” Tatiana says. Today, Tatiana has 11 elderly people in the home and 5 staff workers.

Tatiana financed the retirement home entirely with her own money. The local government provided an old building (a former kindergarten) to use free of charge for fifteen years. Tatiana managed to make some small renovations in the building. She bought 20 beds (the total capacity is 60 people) and purchased equipment for the kitchen and dining room. Because “Sunshine” does not have enough cash assets, all of the workers work for free and hope to be paid a salary when better times come. Nowadays, the retirement home exists only with the aid of the retiree’s pensions.



Tatiana hopes to use loan money to purchase a cow and two sheep. Milk and meat from the livestock will be used for cooking. Also, some amount of milk and meat can be sold in the market. Additional food and all the necessary materials will be purchased. Also, Tatiana expects the older people to participate in the process of livestock breeding in order to fill their free time with an interesting hobby.



Tatiana S. is married and has three sons. She and her husband operate the retirement home and their sons try to help whenever they have free time. Tatiana comments: “I love this house. I feel like someone is protecting it.”

In this group: Lidiya, Tatiana, Galina, Valentin


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