Sotkinay K. is a 51-year-old widow who has two daughters who are the main helpers in family business. In 1995, to support her family, she started her business in selling nuts and dried fruits. With the initial capital of 10,000 Kyrgyz Soms (~$200), she bought two parcels of goods and resold them at the local market.
Her deceased husband helped her in all her activities, but after his sudden death, she didn’t give way to despair. She put all her efforts into giving her children all they needed. Sotkinay worked hard and managed to obtain a small shop that earned her a monthly income of 5,000 Kyrgyz Soms. Her tireless persistence led her to borrow two loans from Bai Tushum and Partners, which were repaid without any delays.
Now Sotkinay is applying for a loan of 70,000 Kyrgyz Soms to enlarge her assortment of goods. With the revenues, she plans to expand the family business by opening a second shop for her daughter.
Bai-Tushum and Partners uses Kiva funding to target the especially vulnerable population. Bai-Tushum and Partners is one of the leading Microfinance Institutions in Kyrgyzstan. As a reliable financial partner, Bai-Tushum contributes to the economic development of the Kyrgyz Republic through the delivery of microfinance services in rural and urban areas that lead to increased employment and meet the interests of its clients and investors.
About Bai Tushum Bank CJSC
Bai Tushum Bank CJSC is a microfinance bank in Kyrgyzstan offering clients a range of products including loans for business development, trade, production, leasing, mortgage, consumption and more. Its portfolio is mostly comprised of group loans that cater to the broadest population of clients. Kiva lenders’ funds help the bank expand its services in remote areas to impact even more vulnerable communities in Kyrgyzstan.