A loan of $1,525 helped to purchase sewing and overlock machines.


Islatkan's story

Islatkan was born in the Toktogul region, in the Ozgorush village (south Kyrgyzstan). After finishing high school in 1983 Islatkan attended Osh Pedagogical Institute, but unfortunately after the first semester she was kidnapped for marriage (the ancient tradition of stealing girls for brides has lasted a long time but currently occurs rarely and is punishable by law). Since she had been married she had to quit college and became a house wife. In 1984 Islatkan gave birth to her daughter and in 1986 she divorced her husband and started to work as a nurse in the Zhalal-Abad hospital. In 1987 Islatkan found happiness in a second marriage and gave birth to a son and a daughter. Unfortunately in 2004 she divorced again and moved with her children to the city of Karabalt. To feed her family Islatkan opened a sewing business and has been making mattresses and pillows which she sells wholesale on the market. Because of her hard work and determination Islatkan's business has flourished in 2008 and she was able to buy an apartment in the Kalininskoe village. After her move Islatkan has married off all of her children, who now live with their own families.

The energetic Islatkan is still running her sewing business and takes in orders that yield 12,500 som (KGS) in monthly profits. To grow her business further she has turned to "Bai-Tushum and partners" for a loan of 70,000 som (KGS). She is planning to use the money to purchase a new sewing machine and a serger/overlock machine. She is also planning to hire two seamstresses for her business which will allow her to take in more orders. In the future Islatkan dreams of opening a small sewing factory.

Translated from Russian by Kiva volunteer



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