A loan of $1,500 helped a member purchase of wool and dyes.

Kurmanbubu's Group's story

When there are people who devote their lives to a craft, making various types things, saddles, musical instruments, sewing national costumes, etc., and when these people can have not only a moral satisfaction, but also a concrete profit, it becomes obvious that these people deserve a special kind of respect and homage. Kurmanbubu A. is the leader of this group. She is fifty-six years old. She raised five children, all of whom are already grown and make their own living. Kurmanbubu’s husband is a waterer, and Kurmanbubu has been involved in making national crafts for twenty years. She learned this craft from her mother, and now Kurmanbubu learned to use her talent in market conditions and successfully sells her crafts to her customers. She is able to earn up to ten thousand som per month. Considering that her starting capital was only about three hundred som, Kurmanbubu is quite successful in her business. Currently, she needs a loan in order to buy wool and dyes for production.

Kurmanbubu’s group partners are:

Mairambubu K. is fifty-eight years old. Together with her husband, she raised six children, all of whom are already grown and actively help the parents with the business. Mairambubu requested this loan because she needs means to buy fuel for sowing and potato seeds.

Shaiyr Choksoeva is forty-seven years old. She is widow and a mother of eight children. The oldest daughters are married. Shaiyr learned how to make national crafts from her neighbor, and now this business helps her earn a living and provide for the younger children. She hopes to obtain this loan in order to buy wool and dyes for production.

Mairamkul A. is forty-four years old. She is a mother of five sons. Her husband works at a farm. Mairamkul sells consumer products and keeps livestock with the help of her husband. Their current income is about eight thousand som per month. She wants to increase goods turnover and hopes to do that by obtaining this loan and investing it into the business.

Arsarbubu B. is fifty-five years old. She fattens livestock for sale and uses this business to support herself and her two children. She is a widow, and her twenty-year-old son helps her with livestock sales. Arsarbubu hopes to obtain this loan in order to invest it into sowing on a land plot.

Akzholtoy A. is twenty-one years old. She is single and currently makes national rugs from felt, called “shirdak.” She earns four thousand som per month. Her mother actively helps her with this business. Akzholtoy needs a loan in order to buy wool and dyes for production.

In this group: Kurmanbubu, Shaiyr, Mairambubu, Mairamkul, Arsarbubu, Akzholtoy

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Sorokina-Hailey

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