A loan of $2,225 helped to purchase cattle.

Taalaybek's story

Taalaybek was born in the Telman village (Panfilov district, Chui region, Kyryzstan). He is married and is raising a son.

Taalaybek was one of the eight children born to a simple farming family, he was the youngest son. His father was running a small farming business and as a child Taalaybek was helping him with livestock and dreaming about having his own herd in the future. After finishing high school Taalaybek served in the army in Siberia. In 1985, after serving two years, Taalaybek returned to his home village and started an apprenticeship to become a tractor driver, then took a job in the local kolhoz as a tractor-harverster driver.

After two years, in 1987 Taalaybek married. After the wedding Taalaybek started living with his parents as is customary among the Kyrgyz, where the youngest son lives with his parents and takes care of their health. While working for the kolhoz and earning salary, Taalaybek was buying calves for his family's herd. After a year of marriage Taalaybek and his wife welcomed a daughter. Taalaybek was always working for the kolhoz and taking care of the family's farm in his spare time. In 1994 Taalaybek's father passed away. In 2004 Taalaybek's daughter got married and in the same year two more events happened - Taalaybeks' mother passed away and his wife gave birth to a son. All of these events had adversely affected the family's financial situation. From the kolhoz Taalaybek received 10 acres of land where he now grows oats and clover.

In the fall of 2010 Taalaybek sold two of his dairy cows and used the money to purchase sugar beets and sell them to the sugar factory. This business turned out to be lucrative and in the future Taalyabek is planning to purchase sugar beets annually and sell them when the prices for beets increase. In this way, Taalaybek is doing his best to feed his family and currently, due to his dedication and hard work the family's well off financially. Taalaybeks' herd has 20 cows and he used to have five calves which he sold to purchase a VW Golf. Now, in his spare time he also offers taxi services in his village. In order to further expand his business initiatives, Taalaybek has turned to "Bai-Tushun and partners" for a loan of 100,000 som (KGS) to purchase more sugar beets. By storing the sugar beets until spring, when supply is low, Taalaybek is planning to sell the beets at a better price. Profits from the loan Taalaybek is planning to invest into purchasing more cattle and in the future he is hoping to build a bigger house for his family.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer

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