A loan of $1,300 helped a member to purchase cattle and cattle feed.

Gulzhan's Group's story

Married and the mother of five children, Gulzhan is the leader of the group. She has five children: four daughters and one son. Even though one of her daughters is married and her son has gone to Moscow to work, after having reached the age of forty-seven, she still has to look after her other three daughters, the smallest of whom is just four years old. For the sake of that she is engaged in stock-raising.

Mainly, Gulzhan purchases calves and feeds and resells them. Her husband helps her after work. She started this business twenty-five years ago with just eight dollars. Now her monthly income is 150 dollars!

“Cattle-breeding is not the most profitable business. It is not sitting in a clean office gazing into a monitor, doing accounts. Anyway by raising cattle, we’ve been able to buy a house, furniture, home equipment and even pay for the marriage of our eldest daughter,” says Gulzhan proudly.

Currently, Gulzhan needs a loan to increase her livestock population, fatten it up and resell it. In the near future she is going to have a new shed built and a hay-loft, as well as finishing the building of her house, buy her son a car and pay for another daughter’s wedding.

Gulzhan has four partners: Nurzada, Baktijar, Dilbar and Dzhanatkul. Dzhanatkul works as a cook at a school lunch room. The rest are occupied with cattle-breeding. All the members need loans mainly to purchase more livestock, so that they can resell it later.

Nurzada inherited four sheep and one cow. Now she has ten sheep and two cows. She wants a shed to store fodder, after buying a car to get married.

Baktijar started with buying sheep. Then he bought horned cattle. For the moment he has sheep, oxen and a horse.

Dilbar and her husband used to save money to buy cattle. Now theу have a cow, a calf and sheep. She wants to buy a car and pay for her son’s marriage.

Years ago Dzhanatkul bought a cow which provided seven liters of milk a day. Now she has three cows and gets twenty liters a day.

--- Where Did This Loan Come From? ---

This loan is brought to you by Mol Bulak Finance, a young and ambitious socially-focused MFI in Kyrgyzstan.

Mol Bulak Finance is strongly committed to the principles of sustainable development on the basis of the 3-Ps concept - People (building human capital and taking care of its customers and the society as well), Profit (to be profitable in order to grow further) and the Planet (taking care of the environment). It is also the only MFI in Kyrgyzstan that delivers its services to customers 365 days a year. To learn more about Mol Bulak and view a Video presentation about the organization, please visit: www.kiva.org/about/aboutPartner?id=135.

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In this group: Gulzhan, Nurzada, Baktijar, Dzhanatkul, Dilbar

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