A loan of $1,325 helped a member to buy food products and candy for the New Year period.

Syrga's Group's story

Syrga T. is the leader of this group. She is forty-eight years old and lives in the city of Balykchi together with her family. Balykchi is one of those cities previously considered to be one of the growing cities; however, due to the breakup of the USSR, it began to lose its potential and became a “dead” city over the course of fifteen years. Syrga’s husband had to leave the city because there was no realistic possibility of finding work. He now works in Bishkek. He was able to start his own business and is involved in reselling cars. Syrga stayed in Balykchi. The children were young, and Syrga stayed home with them. Thanks to her husband’s business, they bought a house ten years ago. Syrga quickly realized that while they had the means, she needed to build a store and begin sales. Thus, Syrga was able to start her business. Currently, she sells refreshments, candy, smoked fish and other food products. Just in a month, she is able to earn up to ten thousand som ($230). Syrga’s children already grew up. The oldest son is sixteen years old. He will soon be graduating from school. The youngest daughter is nine years old. Syrga requested this loan with the goal of investing this money into product turnover, purchasing food products and more candy for the New Year period.

Syrga has four partners in this group:

Bazarkul M. is fifty-one years old. Bazarkul is not married. She has three daughters. Bazarkul already married off her two older daughters. The youngest is only six years old. In order to support herself and her daughter, Bazarkul sells textile goods to businesses. Currently, she needs a loan in order to purchase socks, women’s hats and children’s goods.

Shariy T. is fifty-two years old. Her husband is already retired. Shariy sells food products at a shopping center. They also own a sauna that they run for clients three times per week. Shariy is hoping to obtain a loan to repair the sauna.

Burulsun B. is fifty-eight years old. She is a widow. She works as a teacher at a secondary school and also receives a pension. Burulson’s daughter works at a textile factory. She sews and sells ballroom gowns. Burulsun need a loan in order to purchase fabric for making ballroom gowns.

Ayzada J. is nineteen years old. She is married and already has a son, who is eleven months old. Ayzada’s husband works as a dispatcher at the “Kyzyl-Saz Trans” company. Her father-in-law is involved in car repairs at home. Ayzada requested this loan in order to help her father-in-law purchase a transmission box, suspension shocks and other auto parts.

In this group: Syrga, Bazarkul, Shariy, Burulsun, Ayzada

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Sorokina-Hailey

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