A loan of $1,300 helped a member purchase of sheep for fattening.

Raima's Group's story

Almost twenty years have passed since the day when Kyrgyzstan declared its independence. Many rulers and country's political elites have changed over these years. All of them tried to renew and modernize the country. But due to the lack of political will, patience or maybe simply lack of sincerity, all of their efforts were doomed to fail. As a result, no new manufacturing sites were built in Kyrgyzstan, and those that existed stopped functioning. Under these conditions, the cleverest people understood that their own business will save them from unemployment.

Raima J. is the leader of this group. She is fifty-two years old. Raima and her husband raised two children. The oldest son is twenty-eight, and the daughter is twenty years old. Raima's husband works as manager of Traffic Operation Company, and Raima is involved in animal husbandry and selling milk. Previously, she was a homemaker and stayed home, however, one day they were given a cow as a gift for their son's wedding. Since then, Raima started to take care of livestock. Ten years have passed since then, and thanks to joint efforts of Raima and her husband, they were able to repair their home, buy a refrigerator and marry off their daughter. Currently, Raima earns close to three thousand som monthly from sales of milk. She wants to increase her income. She hopes to obtain a loan for this purpose and buy sheep for fattening. Raima is confident in her decision to expand her business and dreams of building a house for her son in the future.

Raima's group partners are:

Busarahan H. is fifty-two years old. She grows cotton. Her daughter helps her in this difficult business. One of her sons works in Russia, another is a salesperson at a store, and the youngest son goes to school. Busarahan's husband works as a construction worker. She requested this loan because she needs to buy mineral fertilizers.

Gulsorahon M. is forty-four years old. Her husband had to go to Russia for work. Gulsorahon stayed home with three children. She is involved in growing cotton and other agricultural crops. She hopes to obtain this loan in order to buy mineral fertilizers.

Venera H. is only eighteen years old. She is not yet married. Venera is involved in business, specifically reselling sheep. Besides this, she has permanent job at a cafeteria. Venera decided to request this loan because she plans to buy sheep for breeding.

In this group: Raima, Busarahan, Gulsorahon, Venera

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Sorokina-Hailey

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