A loan of $1,150 helped a member to purchase food products and increase turnover.

Shayimkul's Group's story

Shayimkul Abrahmanova is the leader of this group. She is forty-three years old. The country’s difficult situation with providing its citizens with jobs played an important role for Shayimkul in developing her entrepreneurial qualities. She decided to start her own business fifteen years ago. Shayimkul’s husband trusted his wife completely and decided to help her. Now they are successfully involved in retail sales. Throughout these years, they gained a lot of experience and were able to strongly stand on their own feet. Shayimkul has a diversified business. She sells food products and drinks, and goes to the livestock market on Sundays to buy and resell livestock. The retail business allowed Shayimkul and her husband to purchase a car and build a house and additional structures around it. Currently, her business brings in approximately eight thousand som ($180) per month overall. Shayimkul has three children. The oldest daughter is twenty-three years old. She is already married and lives separately. The son is nineteen years old, and the youngest daughter is fifteen. The son does not work anywhere yet, and the daughter goes to school. Shayimkul decided to obtain this loan because she needs money in order to purchase merchandise and increase turnover. In the near future, she plans to buy a cow, install new gates and, finally, marry off her son.

Shayimkul has three partners in this group:

Ainura is thirty-nine years old. She is married to a traffic police inspector. Ainura has three children. Her oldest sons work, and the youngest son is in school. Ainura breeds livestock and sells milk. She inherited this business. Ainura needs a loan in order to purchase a bull for feeding and sale.

Venera is forty years old. She is a mother of five children. Venera and her husband are involved in a domestic business. Their oldest son is sixteen. He already works and supports himself. Three of their children are in school, and the youngest daughter is a preschooler. Venera requested a loan in order to purchase household appliances and a rug for home.

Jamila is forty-eight years old. Jamila and her husband are involved in a domestic business. They breed livestock and sell milk. Jamila has two children. The oldest son works in Bishkek, and the daughter got married and lives separately. Jamila needs a loan. She wants to buy a cow in order to sell more milk. In the near future, Jamila plans to marry off her son and build a barn for the sheep.

In this group: Shayimkul, Ainura, Venera, Jamilya

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Sorokina-Hailey

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