A loan of $475 helped a member to help her son to open his own start-up business of trade in plastic bags.

Burul's Group's story

Burul A. is the leader of the group. Burul is from Balykchi. She lives with her two sons. Several years ago she lost her husband. Since then, she had to provide for her children and educate them by herself. Now her children are grown. The eldest son is temporarily unemployed, and younger, found work at a bakery. To provide for the family at the age of fifty-five, Burul works in a city hospital as a nurse and receives a monthly salary of three thousand Som ($68) per month. As she has a long history of employment, she is also entitled to receive a pension of fifteen hundred Som ($34) per month. She was even able to turn her hobby into a source of income. In her free time, she makes close to fifteen hundred Som ($34) sewing national, cultural products. She learned this craft while she was at school. She could not imagine at that time that the skill would prove useful in the future. The customers come to her home to place orders. Burul is asking for a loan to help her son start his own business. He shared with her his plans to start his business of selling plastic bags. Burul believes that her son will be successful at this business, and will be able to make a profit. Later, Burul and her son want to open a permanent point of sale stand of such packages.

Burul has three partners in the group:

Ryskul Bayakeevoy is forty-three years old and has two children. The eldest son is studying in the university, and the youngest daughter, a schoolgirl. Her husband works as a truck driver. Ryskul works as a clerk in the store, which belongs to her relatives. Ryskul is asking for a loan to purchase goods to sell in the same store.

Meerim Zhuzubakunovoy is twenty-three years old. She is single and currently unemployed. Meerim wants to do trade in socks and hosiery. She would like to purchase goods in Bishkek and sell to shops Balykchi. To be able to do this, she is asking for a loan.

Azamat K. is twenty-two years old. He is married and has one son. Azamat would like to sell plastic packaging materials. Currently, he sings in a cafe with his friends and makes close to three hundred Som per day. He is asking for a loan to purchase goods.

In this group: Burul, Ryskul, Meerim, Azamat

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Susan Savkov

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