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

Japaraly's story

Japaraly was born in the town of Bukara (Chuysk region, Kyrgyz Republic). He is married and is raising four children. Japaraly was born into a simple and large family of a farmer. Since childhood, he helped his father to take care of a large farm, especially because his father also worked as a driver at the local collective farm and needed help to take care of livestock. After graduating from school, Japaraly went to serve in the army. In 1989, Japaraly got married after returning from the army and also started attending a retail college that same year. He spent two years in college and then got a job as a salesperson at a department store, and then as a security guard at a meat processing plant. At that time, Japaraly and his wife lived with the parents. They decided to move out of the parents' home in 1993, and Japaraly and his family moved to their relatives' farm in the Sargo village (Panfilovsk district, Kyrgyzstan). At that time, they already had two children. Japaraly took care of his relatives' livestock and also increased the quantity of his own livestock at this same farm because it had suitable conditions for keeping and breeding livestock. Having lived on this farm for six years and increasing the quantity of his own livestock, Japaraly decided to return to live with the parents because he was their youngest son. According to Kyrgyz traditions, the youngest son has to take care of his aging parents. At that time, he had several dairy cows and calves. In 2009, having sold some of the livestock, Japaraly bought a one-bedroom apartment in the town of Karabalta. Currently, thanks to his entrepreneurship and persistence, Japaraly has two dairy cows, seven bulls and fifteen sheep. In order to further expand his business, Japaraly requested a loan in the sum of 100,000 som (KGS) from the "Bai-Tushum and Partners" company to buy livestock. Japaraly plans to expand his farm.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer Anna Sorokina-Hailey

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