A loan of $2,225 helped to purchase a truck.

Muratbek's story

Muratbek is 40 years old. He is married and is raising four daughters, the oldest out of whom is 11 years old. Muratbek was born in a simple family of a shepherd. He was the oldest out of his brothers and had two younger brothers, which is why he spent a majority of his time doing household work. Upon finishing school, Muratbek was drafted into the army. Having served two years, Muratbek attended a local college and learned the profession of a wide-scope tractor operator and mechanic. After finishing college, he got a job as a tractor operator at his native collective farm. Muratbek got married in 1995 and had his first son this same year. At first, Muratbek and his young family lived with parents up until the collective farm allocated a plot of land to build a house and land to grow agricultural products. Muratbek put all of his efforts toward developing his farming business and was able to use his profit from the harvest to buy livestock. Over time, Muratbek invested profits from reselling grown livestock into building a small house with all of the storage sheds necessary for the business. When the collective farm dissolved in 1998, Muratbek decided to lease farm equipment and offer land treatment services to the public. Muratbek's family is slowly growing, with their needs growing as well. To better meet their growing needs, Muratbek decided to obtain a loan in the sum of 100,000 som (KGS) and buy a heavy-duty truck in order to offer transportation services to the public. Currently, thanks to his persistence and hard work, Muratbek has three dairy cows, five bulls and four heifers. Muratbek plans to buy his own tractor and increase the quantity of livestock.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Sorokina-Hailey

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