A loan of $900 helped to purchase cattle.

Burulkan's story

Burulkan was born in the village of Belovodsk (in the Moscow region of the Kyrgyz Republic) to a large low-income cattle-farming family (eleven kids). After nine years at the village school she went to a construction vocational school for three years. Ever since she was a child Burulkan helped her parents around the house, looking after the younger children and tending the cattle.

When she was twenty, Burulkan got married. At first she and her husband lived with her parents in Belovodsk. A year later their first son was born, and the year after that their second son. In 1993, after saving up some money, Burulkan and her husband bought a house in the village of Petrovka (in the Moscow Region, seven km from Belovodsk) and got some milk-cows. In 1996 their daughter was born. At that point they they had two milk cows and two steer.

In 2002 Burulkan and her husband sold the cattle and the house in Petrovka and bought a small home in the city of Kara-Balta. Burulkan's husband landed a job as soccer coach at a kids' sports academy, where he works to this day. At that time they had a calf and a steer. By and by the calf grew into a milk cow and they sold the steer so they could buy a calf.

In 2005 Burulkan sold off some of the cattle to marry off her eldest son. Now her son and his wife live and work in Russia and help out their parents financially while their son lives with Burulkan. Burulkan doesn't have any cattle for the time being because she and her husband built a new cinder block fence and put up new metal gates and a three-cow barn. In order to grow their livestock business, Burulkan has requested a loan of 40,000KGS from Bai Tushum & Partners to buy some calves.

In the future Burulkan plans to improve the farm by getting more cattle and building a bigger barn. She dreams of buying a car for the family.

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Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Jill Heske

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