A loan of $1,350 helped a member purchase of flour, potatoes, kurut and lease of land.

Amanbaeva Jambu's Group's story

Jambu A. is 42 years old. She is a divorced mother of two children. Her oldest son is 13 years old and is in 7th grade, and the daughter is of preschool age. Jambu manufactures and sells dairy products, piroshky and belyashi (meat pies) at a livestock market in Uzgen. She goes to work twice per week. She started this business two years ago, since her divorce. Jambu obtained the starting capital of approximately 70 dollars from her sister as a loan. The current loan will be used for the purchase of 1 bag of flour, 1 bag of potatoes and 5 kg of kurut (milk curd product) – this is about 1000 som. The remaining sum will be used to lease land for growing rice. In the future, Jambu plans to expand the selection of prepared dishes and cook pilaf, shurpa (spiced lamb soup), manty (dumplings) and salads.

Manzurahon is 24 years old. She is married and is raising two children. Her husband works as a taxi driver in Uzgen. Manzurahon has been involved in baking and selling flatbread for two years. She sells her product at the Uzgen central market. She plans to use this loan to purchase 13 bags of flour, 14 kg of dried milk, salt and yeast.

Mamatkamil is married and raising 3 children. They own a small food store near their home, where his wife works. Mamatkamil works as a taxi driver in Uzgen. He will use this loan to lease 1 hectare of land for growing rice. Currently, he is saving money to buy a good car to enable him to work more profitable transportation routes, for example Uzgen – Bishkek (the capital).

Burulkan is 52 years old, married and is a mother of 1 son. Her son is 15 years old, and he is a student. Her husband works as a private building contractor. Burulkan manufactures dairy products, such as kurut, ayran (yogurt beverage), kefir and sour cream. This loan will be used for the purchase of a dairy cow. This will allow Burulkan to obtain more milk and increase the capacity of dairy product manufacturing.

In this group: Jambu, Manzurahon, Mamatkamil, Burulkan

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Sorokina-Hailey

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