A loan of $1,025 helped a member 50% of loan will be used to start up new business: socks trade, other 50% for animal sales.

Kurmanbayeva Jumagul`s Group's story

Jumagul is the leader of this group. She's thirty-two years old, married and has one daughter. Her husband works as a salesperson in the city of Taraz, Kazakhstan. Jumagul sells livestock on the local market. On average, her weekly turnover is 20000 soms. That mainly includes four cows and ten sheep. Half of the loan will be used to start a new bussiness selling socks, and the other half will be invested in the current bussiness. In the future, Jumagul plans to increase her weekly turnover to 100000 soms.

Nurzat, 19, is'nt yet married but plans to in the near future. She lives with her mother and three brothers. After finishing school, Nurzat wanted to continue her education in college, however, due to the lack of money, she was forced to postpone her dream and begin working. Her family owns a plot of land, where they grow wheat, corn and sunflower seeds. With the profits from their bussiness, she was able to pay for college and is studying to become an economist. The loan will be used to purchase two cows. After finishing college, she plans to find a job in one of the local banks.

Zamirbek is thirty-five years old. He has a wife and two children. His wife is a housekeeper. Zamirbek sells rice in Ozgen. It should be noted that Ozgen rice is praised well beyond the borders not only of the region but of Kyrgyzstan as well. The loan will be spent on purchasing 100 kilograms of rice and two sheep.

Rahat is thirty-five years old, married and is a mother of three children. Her husband works as a taxi driver on a local route. Rahat grows sunflower seeds, rice and millet. Her field is located close to her house which is very convenient. With the loan she plans to obtain 300 kilograms of millet seeds and fertilizer for the spring sowing.

In this group: Jumagul, Rahat, Nurzat, Zamirbek

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Alex Kostrubsky

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