A loan of $1,375 helped a member to purchase land livestock.

Damira's Group's story

Damir A. is the leader of the group. She and her family live in Tup, which is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Issyk-Kul. Damir is married, fifty years old with two sons. They have cattle, and the children help them to store food. In addition, since the spring the family is also farming. Damir has one milk cow to produce milk and earns extra income from the sale of livestock. For example, last spring, they bought two lambs for a half thousand soms ($35) and resold them for two and a half thousand soms ($55) in the autumn. From a single sale of milk, they are able to earn up to a thousand soms ($22) per month. They have a rather wide range of occupations, which includes agriculture, livestock, and trade. Damir now wants to buy four lambs and one calf for fattening, to then resell in the fall. She hopes to get the loan and to realize her plans. In the future, Damir and her family are planning to increase arable land from five to ten hectares, which in turn should bring them in twice the yield than before.

Damir’s Partners live in the same village:

Roza T. is a widow with three sons. Rose has some livestock. Her children help in the summer to procure forage. Since April, Rose plans to sell milk. One of her cows will calve soon. Rose is asking for a loan, to purchase lambs for fattening.

Rapiya B. is a widow and mother of four children. Her son helps her with the business while her daughters study in school. Rapiya’s cows produces six liters of milk. Milk sales earns her a monthly one and a half thousand soms. She is asking for a loan to buy a cow for fattening.

Tologon T. is fifty-four years old with one son. Tologon sells six liters of milk daily and her son is a farm equipment mechanic. Tologon hopes to get a loan with which she plans to purchase cattle, and increase the stock. Recently, she already sold a mare, and bought a cow and sheep.

In this group: Damira, Roza, Rapiya, Tologon

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Susan Savkov

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