A loan of $1,375 helped a member to purchase supplies and materials needed to fulfill orders for bedding.

Sonunbubu's Group's story

In the current times, to hope to find a good job or expect an improvement in society’s quality of life is like expecting a utopia. The only more or less practical decision for ordinary people is to try to open their own business and start sales. Sonunbubu O. is the leader of this group. Together with her family, she lives in the town of Karabalta. Sonunbubu is fifty-five years old. Her husband is retired and has not worked for a long time. Together, they raised three children. They already married off two daughters, and the son lives with his grandmother and takes care of her. Sonunbubu realized her situation just in time and started her own business ten years ago. She used some of her savings to buy a sewing machine and began offering sewing services for local citizens. She also started sewing bedding for sale. Her business went uphill. Using the profits from this business, Sonunbubu was able to buy a cow and household appliances for home. Her current net profit is around three thousand som ($70). Sonunbubu got a second wind with this business. She strives to continue the business that she started, but needs some help with this now. She needs a loan to purchase supplies and materials in order to fulfill orders for bedding. Sonunbubu plans to buy a new sewing machine in the future and also wants to install new gates for her house.

Sonunbubu has three partners in this group:

Bagdagul D. is forty-three years old. She has three children. In order to support their family, Bagdagul and her husband offer European remodeling services. Their oldest son left to go work in Russia. Bagdagul learned how to make plaster while still in college, and this skills proved to be useful later. She needs a loan to buy building materials for work.

Sadiya I. is fifty-two years old. Her husband works as a driver at the military base. Sadiya is involved in breeding and selling sheep. She and her husband raised five children together. The oldest son and daughter already have their own families. One of the daughters works in Bishkek, and a son works in Russia. The youngest son goes to school. Sadiya needs a loan to buy sheep for breeding.

Guljan J. is forty-six years old. Her husband is involved in domestic work. Guljan has five children. Two daughters already attend a university, and the rest go to school. Guljan sells grocery products. She requested a loan in order to purchase goods for business expansion. Her main goal is to provide the children with good education.

In this group: Sonunbubu, Bagdagul, Sadiya, Guljan

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Sorokina-Hailey

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