A loan of $1,450 helped a member to buy corn and mineral fertilizers.

Marasulova Tunuk`s Group's story

Tunuk is the leader of this group of borrowers. She is 57, married. Tunuk'a husband works at a mill and he also received a pension of $50. Tunuk's youngest son still lives with her--the other children have moved out with their families. Tunuk processes corn to produce cattle food. She buys corn for 5 som ($0.11) and sells the final product for 10 ($0.22). Tunuk plans to use this loan to purchase corn and mineral fertilizer to grow potatoes.

Arystanbek, 40, is married. His wife has a vending stall near local school. Arystanbek is a cattle farmer. In addition, he provides services with his tractor making $150 a month. This loan Arystanbek will use to make small repairs to his house.

Sagyndyhon is 45. Her husband is a car service driver. Sagyndyhon's oldest son is a migrant worker in Russia, the younger one is a cattle farmer, and the youngest is in school. Sagyndyhon sells milk and sour cream. She has a bull, two milk cows, and a calf. Sagyndyhon recently purchased an Audi. She plans to use this loan to purchase mineral fertilizer.

Gulchehrahan, 34, is a mother of 4. The older children are in school and the youngest one is in kindergarten. Gulchehrahan's husband works at an oil processing plant, which processes sunflower and cotton seeds. The plant processes a minimum of 5 ton of sunflower seeds a month. The oil is then sold for 50 som ($1.10) per unit and oil cake sells for 14 som ($0.30). This loan Gulchehrahan will use to purchase sunflower seeds for oil processing.

In this group: Tunuk, Sagyndyhon, Gulchehrahan, Arystanbek

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Aleksandr Zhuk

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