A loan of $1,075 helped a member to purchase a calf for breeding.

Ailarhon's Group's story

Life is ever-changing and people have to be constantly aware of their present circumstances to be prepared for when the winds change. Now, people in Kirgizstan are in an avid search for a haven, where they could lead a quality life while working their dream job.

Ailarhon B. is the leader of this group. She’s forty-five years old and she begins her day at sunrise milking the cows. It is worthy to note, that her day job is teaching English at a local school. But fifteen years ago, together with her husband, she bought some livestock and began to breed cattle -- raising and milking it. Today her flock includes three heifers and three milking cows. This business brings in about five thousand soms a month, which is a very decent income in the countryside.
Ailarahon has four children. Her oldest daughter is studying at a university, her middle one just got married, and her youngest daughter helps her mother around the house and with the business. Her youngest child – her son – works construction.
Ailrahon is asking for a loan, because she plans to expand her business and buy another cow. In the near future she needs enough resources to fix up her house, buy new furniture and marry off her daughters. She understands that this will involve dedication and constant work.

She has three partners in the group:

Gairatbek P. is thirty-five years old, and the last ten of them he has fattened and sold livestock. He buys a bull, fattens it for about three months, and then resells it at the livestock market. He has three growing children, and so he needs to increase his income if he wants to meet the growing needs of his family. With the loan, he would buy a heifer to raise more cattle.

Tillyahan S. is forty-three years old and a mother of three children. Her main objective in life is to raise her children and help them get a good start in life. She’s retired right now and raises livestock and corn for a living. She’s asking for a loan to buy another cow.

Suyumkul U. is forty-seven years old. She also fattens and sells cattle for profit. She has four children, the oldest of which are already working, and the youngest is five years old. Suyumkul understands that any business requires investment and dedication. She’s requesting a loan to buy a cow and a calf.

In this group: Ailarhon, Gairatbek, Tillyahan, Suyumkul

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Alex Kostrubsky

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