A loan of $1,175 helped a member livestock purchase to increase future earnings.

Gulnara's Group's story

Gulnara O. is the leader of this group. She is 43 years old. In these difficult times, with unemployment everywhere, and with many people at a loss for what to do, the example set by Gulnara is quite inspiring.

Unlike many others she didn't just sit around and complain about her situation or look for someone else to hire her. She and her husband quickly realized that now is the time when people must create their own jobs - simple businesses that are easy to develop without the need for large upfront investments. Their parents were also able to help out since they had the experience and the means to support the initiatives of their children. It's been fifteen years now that Gulnara and her husband have their own livestock breeding business.

Her husband had worked as a shepherd all his life. Currently he tends the herds and Gulnara manages the sale of their livestock. They raise and sell sheep. This was the business of their parents and they were the ones that first suggested to Gulnara and her husband to start raising their own livestock.

Gulnara raised three children. Her eldest daughter is already married. She is twenty-three years old. Her middle son is twenty-two. He is a construction worker in the city of Bishkek. The youngest daughter is fifteen and is a high school student. It was the livestock business that allowed Gulnara and her husband to purchase a house as well as have a wedding for their daughter. Currently their monthly income is around 2000 soms which is very little. However, the livestock that they already have allows Gulnara to look optimistically towards the future. Currently she has plans to buy another cow. She is hoping that this loan will allow her to complete this purchase.

These are Gulnara's group partners:

Bakir is 43 years old and has been in the livestock business for thirteen years. His wife works from home selling various household items. They have three children. All of the children attend school and afterwards help their father with work around the house. Bakir would like to purchase a calf that he could raise and sell.

Gulsun is 47 and she has one son who is twenty-three. Gulsun's husband works at the heating station. Gulsun herself raises sheep. She would like to buy a cow calf and that's the reason for her loan request.

Bubuaysha is 38. Her husband is a shepherd. Bubuaysha also has some livestock at home and sells milk. They have three chidren. The youngest one is two years-old. Bubuaysha hopes to get a loan to purchase an additional cow.

--- 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 3-Ps concept - People (building human capital and taking care of its customers and the society as well), Profit (to be profitable to grow further) and the Planet (taking care of the environment). It is also the only MFI in Kyrgyzstan who 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: http://www.kiva.org/about/aboutPartner?id=135
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In this group: Gulnara, Bakir, Gulsun, Bubuaisa

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Andrei Vazhnov

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