A loan of $1,500 helped a member to buy wire to install a fence.

Shairbubu's Group's story

Thousands of citizens of Kyrgyztan emigrate to near and far away countries in search for work and to earn money. The count of citizens that left the country is already reaching hundreds of thousands. This situation is explained by very low living standards, absence of jobs and possibilities. Some time ago our country was known as another Switzerland, but now it cannot hold itself up to this honorable title. However, the common folk continues to live and relive its governments which come and go one after another.

Shairbubu Baydalitova is a leader of this group. She is 60 years old. Shairbubu has raised a son and a daughter. She is a widow and has lived with her son and daughter-in-law in the recent years. Shairbubu has an excellent apricot garden. She is receiving a pension in the amount of 2000 soms and takes care of the garden. Her daughter-in-law works as a teacher in school and receives a salary of 2000 soms, and her son works at the gas station. His salary is five thousand eight hundred soms. Shairbubu has used her very first loan to buy seedlings which she planted in the spring. Her risk was not in vain. At this time she has 370 trees in her garden. Shairbubu hopes to collect a good harvest from her garden. But before that she needs to take good care of the trees. She has come to apply for a loan for this reason. She will use the funds to buy a wire to install a fence for the garden.

Shairbubu's group partners are:

Raisa K. is 48 years old. Raisa is divorced and has one daughter who is already married and lives at home. Raisa does internet marketing. She sells cosmetic products of Faberlik brand and has an income of 4000 soms. Raisa has come to ask for a loan for personal use. Very soon she will need to meet her son-in-law's parents and she needs to be prepared.

Aijamal S. is 30 years old. She is married and has a daughter who goes to kindergarten. Aijamal's husband is in the military. He is serving as a top sergeant and receives a salary of ten thousand soms. Aijamal also needs a loan as she needs to get ready to meet her parents-in-law.

Tatyana K. is 49 years old. Tatyana's husband works as an electrician and receives a salary in the amount of 5000 soms. Tatyana works as school teacher. She has come to ask for a loan because she needs funds to buy building materials to build a shed in the yard.

In this group: Shairbubu, Raisa, Aijamal, Tatiyana

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Elena Fedorchuk

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