A loan of $2,225 helped to purchase horses and grow her business.

Sanabar's story

Sanabar was born in the Shark village (Kara-suu district, Osh province, Kyrgyzstan). She is 49 years, a widow and has four children. Sanabar was born in a simple family. Being the oldest child in the family of ten children, she spent the majority of her time taking care of the household, such as looking after her younger brothers and sisters, doing household and caring for a small farm. During her childhood, Sanabar dreamed of becoming a teacher, but her life forced her to pick a different destiny. She finished school in 1980, and, according to an old tradition, her parents married her off to the Alay district in 1981. The young family had their first child in 1983. According to the sharia law, newlyweds remained living in the parents' home because Sanabar's husband was the youngest son. Sanabar's husband diligently worked at a collective farm, and Sanabar took care of the domestic animals. By that time, they already had two young children. The collective farm allotted them very little land because at that time, one family got only 200 square meters. It was impossible to grow anything on such a small plot of land, and the family's expenses exceeded the profits. Years passed, and the family grew to six people. Sanabar's husband was a leading farmer in his native village, but disaster fell on the family in 2002, when Sanabar's husband was killed by unknown men. Five years later, Sanabar and her children decided to move to the Chui valley. The family bought a house in 2007 in the Poltavka village and started a livestock breeding business with the purchase of one horse. Four years passed since then, and the family experienced many challenges during this time, but thanks to Sanabar's persistence and hard work, her business became successful. Now the household has two horses and four sheep. In addition, the family grows beats and sell kumyz (horse milk). Sanabar is requesting a loan in the sum of 100,000 som (KGS) for the purchase of two horses for fattening up. Sanabar plans to use the loan for continued development and growth of her business.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Sorokina-Hailey

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